Imagine you’re trapped in a stale hospital room, desperate to escape the sights and smells of your surroundings. Even flowers and big balloons aren’t enough to calm your fear of death in a place that can’t feel like home. Indie musician, Conor Oberst, may be the next Bob Dylan but he may also know a thing or two about the dangers of hospitals, as he panics and pleas “I Don’t Want To Die (In The Hospital)” in his latest solo album.

Can you make a sound to distract the nurse
Before I take a ride in that long black hearse?
I don’t wanna die in the hospital
You gotta take me back outside

I don’t give a damn what the doctors say
I ain’t gonna spend another lonesome day
I don’t wanna die in the hospital
You gotta take me back outside

Is there still a world at my windowsill?
All there ever was I remember still
I don’t wanna die in this hospital
You gotta take me back outside

The fear of dying in a hospital is painfully real for thousands of patients who fall victim to hospital-acquired infections and medical errors each year:

• 94,000 patients colonized with serious Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections each year and 19,000 of them die. (CDC)
13 out of every 1,000 patients or approximately 7,178 inpatients on any one given day may be infected or colonized with Clostridium difficile (C. diff), and between 165 and 438 of those patients die.
• More than 2.6 million hospital patients are the victims of infections and preventable medical errors each year, and almost 200,000 of them die, making medically-induced harm the third leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease and cancer.

While he may not be singing about hospital infections specifically, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band humorously assemble the jolting anxiety we’d feel as a hospital patient trying to get out, where cowboy boots are a must.

Help me get my boots on
Help me get my boots on
Help me get my boots back on

I gotta go, go, go
Cause I don’t have long