Friend to the End and Happy Birthday, Goodbye
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The story I am about to tell is absolutely true.
One day, decades ago, I awoke on a cold January morning and remembered that it was the birthday of a girl I once dated in high school. More than dated... loved. I had not seen her or been in contact since school. As far as I had heard through the small-town-pipeline, she was happily married with children.
Her name was Kathie.
I wrote a song that morning – imagining how it would be if I ran into her -
say in a store. We’d say hello, have a couple of minutes of chit chat and then say goodbye.
The song was called “
A friend to the end”. But the reality was this - as far as I knew, I would never see her again.
Fast forward five years. I am divorced, and as it turns out, so was Kathie.
I looked her up. We met, fell in love, got married and started our life.
I was with this wonderful person for 25 years.
For the last 4 years of her life, she fought pancreatic cancer.
In the early hours of the last morning of her life, as she lay asleep on her hospice bed in what was once the happy living room of our home, I sang to her songs. The songs I sang were about our life together.
Kathie passed away as I played A
Friend to the End.
The life I had with my Kathie was over. I have since moved on with my life, and have fallen in love again. But I still and will always carry my Kathie in my heart wherever I go.
I will always hear her voice lovingly talking to me.
I will always see her smile. And remember our life together.
A couple of months ago, in 2013, I wrote new lyrics using the same music from
A Friend to the End. It was called
Happy Birthday, Goodbye.
It's about remembering her. And saying goodbye.
Happy Birthday, Goodbye (Lyrics 2013)
A friend to the End (Recorded 2013, Lyrics 1982) A Friend to the End
(Original 1982 recording from a cassette tape. Mp3 download)