Saturday, September 22, 2012

Where Have You Been

Look at the dates closely.
They were born within months of one another.
They died within weeks.
I'll never know,
but was it of a broken heart?
It reminded me of a song from the late 80's by Kathy Mattea.

Where Have You Been
Claire had all but given up when she and Edwin fell in love
She touched his face and shook her head in disbelief she sighed and said
In many dreams I've held you near but now at last you're really here

Where've you been I've looked for you forever and a day
Where've you been I'm just not myself when you're away

He asked her for her hand for life and she became a salesman's wife
He was home each night by eight but one stormy evening he was late
Her frightened tears fell to the floor until his key turned in the door

Where've you been...

They'd never spent a night apart for sixty years she heard him snore
Now they're in the hospital in separate beds on different floors
Claire soon lost her memory forgot the names of family
She never spoke a word again then one day they wheeled him in
He held her hand and stroked her head in a fragile voice she said

Where've you been...
No I'm just not myself when you're away


  1. I think it probably was a broken heart. That's a lovely song you found.

  2. Such a hauntingly beautiful song.

  3. That's often the way, isn't it. When a couple has been together for decades and one passes, it's pretty common for the other to pass within a year--or in this case, far less. Makes me wonder about their lives, how they fared, their challenges and triumphs, etc.