In Alice Cooper’s song “Hey Stoopid” from his 1991 album, there is a verse that runs like this:
Now I know you’ve been kicked around.
You ain’t alone in this ugly town.
You stick a needle in your arm.
You bite the dust, you buy the farm.
How can anybody, a junkie apparently, “buy the farm” when he is giving up in life?
What does the verbal phrase to buy the farm mean or connote in contemporary English?