Australian singles chart:
And When I Die entered the Kent charts on 17 November 1969 and peaked at #4. It was #38 on the Top 100 of 1969.
The song is on Blood, Sweat & Tears which entered the Kent album charts on 7 June 1969 and peaked at #4.
And When I Die was one of the first songs written by Laura Nyro, who was 17 when she wrote it. The song was first recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary in 1966. Nyro included it on her first album in 1967, More Than A New Discovery. Blood, Sweat & Tears, a nine-man group with a prominent horn section, covered it in 1969, and their version was the hit.
And When I Die is about death, but also about living, reflecting on our limited time on Earth and the futility in wasting that time worrying about what comes next. And when we die, another will be born to replace us.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/blood-sweat-tears/and-when-i-die
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