Rockstars Who Predicted Their Own Death

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Jimi Hendrix at the Miami Pop, 1968 - Jimi Hendrix / Youtube

Music is a volatile art form, allowing the artist to craft their own masterpiece with such freedom and passion. With rock stars, it’s mostly about the carnal desires: drugs, sex, the rock n’ roll lifestyle. But more than that, songs about humanity, daily life, wisdom, and more profound themes have successfully spawned in the rock industry. Sometimes it gets more personal, even going as far as predicting their own deaths, which can be freaky on its own right. Here are some artists whose songs unknowingly foresaw their untimely demise.

Jimi Hendrix

One of the most influential rockstars sewed a story about himself in a song called “The Ballad Of Jimi”. The track tells the rise and fall of Jimi, which creepily ends with his death. Though it wasn’t featured on any of Hendrix’s albums, its weird dedication to the memory of himself made it quite the topic around fans.

 “Many things he would try / For he knew soon he’d die,” 

“Now Jimi’s gone, he’s not alone / His memory still lives on”

“Five years, this he said / He’s not gone, he’s just dead”

John Lennon

After his stint with the Beatles and a brief solo career, John Lennon went on to care for his baby son, returning five years later for his album with Yoko, Double Fantasy. Most of the songs that were supposed to be included weren’t finished though, trickling down to his posthumous albums. One of the most haunting tracks that became prevalent during his death was “Borrowed Time“, which was inspired by a distressing boat trip.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

The southern rocker’s Street Survivor catalog seemed edgy enough, with the cover sleeve featuring the band engulfed in flames. Of course, this was taken in jest and a creative standpoint. But the track “That Smell” was ominously themed, because even if it was directed at drug abuse leading to death, it held on a new, more eerie meaning when the tragic plane crash happened.

Warren Zevon

The rocker wrote about a factory worker who took after his father’s line of work on his 1987 comeback, “The Factory”. The track concludes with the worker inhaling asbestos and plastics fumes of the factory, which eerily coincides with his own cause of death. Zevon succumbed to advanced malignant mesothelioma, which was caused by overexposure to asbestos. But Zevon wasn’t even near the material, making it even more creepy how accurate the song details his death.

Marc Bolan

Glam rock band T.Rex’s Marc Bolan was an enigmatic frontman, able to capture the interest of his audience with his stage personality easily. On the 1972 single, “Solid Gold Easy Action” seemed to be an oracle of sorts, with a freaky coincidence to his death. The lyrics, “Life is the same and it always will be / Easy as picking foxes from a tree,” matches Bolan’s cause of death, with his car’s license plate bearing the code FOX 661L, and oddly enough, the crash caused it to wrap around a tree.