Center My Heart

by Enlightened Madness



This is a song that uses the text of a dying man John D. Lee. These are the final words he spoke before being killed by a firing squad as found in the documentary The West on PBS Episode 6 (1874 - 1877)…es/six/centermy.htm

Then, just before being shot John D. Lee shook hands with his executioners, handed his hat and overcoat to a friend. His last words were to the firing squad: "Center my heart boys," he said. "Don't mangle my body."



Center my heart boys
Don't mangle my body

I have but little to say this morning.
Of course I feel
that I am upon the brink of eternity...
I feel as calm as a summer morn....
I am ready to meet my Redeemer....

I do not believe everything
that is now being taught
and practiced by Brigham Young.
I do not care who hears it....

I studied to make this man’s will
my pleasure for thirty years.
See, now, what I have come to this day!
I have been sacrificed in a cowardly, dastardly manner...
What confidence can I have in such a man!
I have none, and I don’t think
my Father in heaven has any...

Center my heart boys
Don't mangle my body


released December 27, 2015
Words - John D. Lee
Music by Daniel Mandel
Performance by Enlightened Madness



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Enlightened Madness is the result of the long standing collaboration between Daniel Mandel's songwriting and S. Henry McCoy's vocal harmonies and vocal arrangements. Daniel and Henry have recently teamed up with Steve La Porta on drums and percussion as well as other Bay Area musicians. Daniel has also cowritten with some wonderful lyricists in the US and Internationally. ... more

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