“Last Goodbye” by Jeff Buckley (1994)

7 10 2008

Jeff Buckley sang like an angel, with a nimble, pleading, heartbreaking voice that just demands attention.  His songs hold keen observations of life and love, on a very personal level, which translates very well to the listener, in my opinion.

Sadly, he died too young, at the age of 30, just a couple of years after he recorded this song and the album from which it came, “Grace.”  The news of his passing was like a kick in the gut.  So much promise, and so much potential for more beauty to come from his heart:

“This is our last goodbye
I hate to feel the love between us die.
But it’s over
Just hear this and then I’ll go:
You gave me more to live for,
More than you’ll ever know.”

This song says more about heartache than I could say in 5,000 words.  But since I’m your daddy, I feel compelled to offer my two cents.  When you love someone, and they don’t feel the same, or if you think you have something good with someone, but they blow you off, be prepared for an awful kind of hurt.  A general pain that knocks the wind out of you, worse than a sucking chest wound, just harder to diagnose from the outside.

If you’re normal, it’s going to happen to you.  And it’s going to be miserable.  But time really does heal all wounds.  You WILL get over it.  You may bear some scars, but we all have them.  Consider it a side effect of being human.  Sometimes you have to take the bad with the good.  And there is plenty of good out there.

So when you’re in a funk, rest assured that you are not alone.  Let Jeff Buckley share your pain.  Together, perhaps, you can ride out the ache, like I hope Jeff’s family and friends have been able to do since his tragic death.  Maybe even using Jeff’s own music to help them through it.

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