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I Don't Believe In That - Chip Taylor

When I heard about Danny's murder, I picked up the guitar and wrote the following angry words to a simple, but strong melody – directed straight at Danny's murderers.

I DON'T BELIEVE IN THAT, WHAT YOU SAID
I DON'T BELIEVE IN THAT!

IF ONE DIES, I DIE TOO… SO DO YOU… A PIECE OF YOU DIES

AND I BELIEVE IN THAT, WHAT I SAID
I BELIEVE IN THAT!

I continued singing some nonsense words to a bridge section. I recorded it all in a mini-tape recorder. That was the start of the song. After listening back, some of the nonsense words had sounds and feelings of past lives. And instinctively, I wanted to make the bridge reflect historical tragedies.

With help from researcher and friend, David Knoblock, I learned some specifics on killings from the Civil War and events from World War II. Wanting to include a Muslim tragedy, I settled with Christian takeover of Seville in 1248 and ended with a mention of another modern day horror – the murderr of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson by OJ Simpson.

We have died a billion times – you and me, became the central theme of the song. It's something I believe, but I never had it so much in focus until Danny died.

I Don't Believe In That

I don't believe in that - what you said
I don't believe in that

I don't believe in that - what you said
I don't believe in that

If one dies - I die too
So do you

I believe in that - what I said
I believe in that

We were 15,000 lost in Grant's cavalry
We crowned him with the thorns in Calgary
We trapped men on the beach in Normandy
We have died a billion times - you and me

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If one dies - he lives on in me –
I believe in that
He's in you too - think about that
Just think about that

We were tortured in Seville back in 48
We were there in the courtyard with O.J.
We were hobbled with Stillwell back in Mandalay It don't go away - it never goes away

I believe in that - what I said
I believe in that

Stop it now

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