Friday, February 6, 2009

In Case You Are Planning a Funeral For a Squirrel

The boy just came in from playing outside..."The girl wants you to print off the words to 'Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again'...she is having a funeral for a squirrel."

I googled to get the lyrics - not even knowing what they were. Turns out it's a song from "The Phantom of the Opera". And a very appropriate song for a squirrel's funeral (according to a 9 yr old).

"Did she touch the squirrel?" I asked. "Yes" replied the boy. "What did she use?" I continued. "Her hands." I couldn't quite picture that but I talked to her to find out the details..."Well I used a paper towel." she said. I made her go boil her hands and wash them just to be safe!

Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again

"You were once my one companion . . .
you were all that mattered . . .
You were once a friend and father -
then my world was shattered . . .

Wishing you were somehow here again . . .
wishing you were somehow near . . .
Sometimes it seemed if I just dreamed,
somehow you would be here . . .

Wishing I could hear your voice again . . .
knowing that I never would . . .
Dreaming of you won't help me to do
all that you dreamed I could . . .

Passing bells and sculpted angels,
cold and monumental, seem, for you,
the wrong companions - you were warm and gentle . . .

Too many years fighting back tears . . .
Why can't the past just die . . .?

Wishing you were somehow here again . . .
knowing we must say goodbye . . .
Try to forgive . . . teach me to live . . .
give me the strength to try . . .

No more memories, no more silent tears . . .
No more gazing across the wasted years . . .
Help me say goodbye."

Personally - I would have chosen the following song for the squirrel (well if the squirrel had been a good friend that is...rather than a squirrel that was already in rigor mortis when I first came into acquaintance with it - but then again I'm not a soft-hearted 9 yr old). This song is guaranteed to bring tears to the eyes of my sister in PNG...I played it to her over the telephone many years ago before she was about to embark on an overseas mission trip. ...Oh for crying out loud - now I'm getting teary eyed!

And no mom, I don't agree with the "theology" in the song...I just remember hearing it on a tv show many years ago and it seemed appropriate to play to my sister - and appropriate to play at a squirrel funeral. :0

Goodbye My Friend
written by Karla Bonoff

"Oh we never know where life will take us
I know it's just a ride on the wheel
And we never know when death will shake us
And we wonder how it will feel

So goodbye my friend
I know I'll never see you again
But the time together through all the years
Will take away these tears
It's okay now
Goodbye my friend

I've seen a lot things that make me crazy
And I guess I held on to you
We could've run away and left well maybe
But it wasn't time and we both knew

So goodbye my friend
I know I'll never see you again
But the love you gave me through all the years
Will take away these tears
I'm okay now
Goodbye my friend

Life's so fragile and love's so pure
We can't hold on but we try
We watch how quickly it disappears
And we never know why

But I'm okay now
Goodbye my friend
You can go now
Goodbye my friend."


The Correspondent said...

The song from Phantom of the Opera is hauntingly beautiful. We have the soundtrack, and Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again is a favorite.

Back when I listened to country music, one of my fave sad songs was by Kenny Rogers. The chorus is the best part:

Good friend, why did you have to go?
Just when I was gettin' to know you,
I'll sing this song to show
You were a good friend
They don't make 'em quite like you.
And in my memory
You'll always be
A good, good friend to me.

That would work for a dying squirrel. *sniff*

Scribbit said...

Such a touching song for such a sad thing. Though I am smiling with the sweetness of their sentiments!

CanadianGrandma said...

Well, I happen to like squirrels and I'm glad that your daughter is sensitive to the sqirrel's demise!About the second song...a saaaaad song!

CanadianGrandma said...

Yes, I noticed that I left the "u" out of the word squirrel, but I don't know how to correct it...