Wednesday, March 02, 2011

PICTURE OF THE DAY


Oh, where oh where can my baby be?
The Lord took her away from me
She's gone to heaven, so I got to be good
So I can see my baby when I leave this world.

We were out on a date in my daddy's car
We hadn't driven very far
There in the road, up straight ahead
A car was stalled, the engine was dead
I couldn't stop, so I swerved to the right
I'll never forget the sound that night
The screamin' tires, the bustin' glass
The painful scream that I heard last.

Oh, where oh where can my baby be?
The Lord took her away from me
She's gone to heaven, so I got to be good
So I can see my baby when I leave this world.

When I woke up, the rain was pourin' down
There were people standing all around
Something warm rollin' through my eyes
But somehow I found my baby that night
I lifted her head, she looked at me and said
"Hold me darling just a little while."
I held her close, I kissed her our last kiss
I found the love that I knew I would miss
But now she's gone, even though I hold her tight
I lost my love, my life that night.

Oh, where oh where can my baby be?
The Lord took her away from me
She's gone to heaven, so I got to be good
So I can see my baby when I leave this world.

"Last Kiss," by Wayne Cochrane (also covered by Pearl Jam in a tribute to the victims of the Columbine shootings)

2 comments:

eric said...

Man that is just brutal!

Here's one of my favorites along those lines, although considerably less jarring:

Hank Williams (as Luke The Drifter)
Beyond The Sunset

Should you go first and I remain,
To walk the road alone
I'll live in memory's garden dear,
With happy days we've known
In spring I'll wait for roses red,
When fades the lilacs bloom
And in early fall when brown leaves fall,
I'll catch a glimpse of you
Should you go first and I remain,
For battles to be fought
Each thing you've touched along the way,
Will be a hallowed spot
I'll hear your voice I'll see your smile
Though blindly I may grope
The memory of your helping hand,
Will buoy me on with hope

Beyond the sunset
Oh blissful morning
When with our savior,
Heaven is begun
Earth's toiling ended,
Oh glorious dawning
Beyond the sunset
When day is done

Should you go first and I remain,
To finish with the scroll
No lessening shadows shall ever creep in
To make this life seem droll
We've known so much of happiness,
We've had our cup of joy
And memory is one gift of God,
That death cannot destroy
I want to know each step you take,
That I may walk the same
For someday down that lonely road,
You'll hear me call your name
Should you go first and I remain,
One thing I'll have you do
Walk slowly down that long long path,
For soon I'll follow you

In that fair homeland
We'll know no parting
Beyond the sunset
For ever more

Christopher Taylor said...

Yeah that's a lot more tender and gentle a song. Last Kiss was a huge hit in the late 50s, spawning a whole genre of "car crash" songs.