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Dan Fogelberg: A Legend Dies Too Soon

Updated on March 23, 2011

Song: NETHERLANDS by Dan Fogelberg

In Loving Memory of Dan Fogelberg

who died this morning (12.16.07) at his home in Maine.

NETHERLANDS

by Dan Fogelberg

High on this mountain

The clouds down below

I'm feeling so strong and alive

From this rocky perch

I'll continue to search

For the wind

And the snow

And the sky

*

I want a lover

I want some friends

And I want to live in the sun

And I want to do all the things

that I never have done.

*

Sunny bright mornings

And pale moonlit nights

Keep me from feeling alone

Now, I'm learning to fly

And this freedom is like

Nothing that I've ever known

*

I've seen the bottom

And I've been on top

But mostly I've lived in between

And where do you go

When you get to the end of your dream?

*

Off in the Netherlands

I heard a sound

Like the beating of heavenly wings

And deep in my brain I can hear a refrain

Of my soul as she rises and sings

*

Anthems to glory and

Anthems to love and

Hymns filled with early delight

Like the songs that the darkness

Composes to worship the light.

*

Once in a vision

I came on some woods

And stood at a fork in the road

My choices were clear

Yet I froze with the fear

Of not knowing which way to go.

*

One road was simple

Acceptance of life

The other road offered sweet peace

When I made my decision

My vision became my release.

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  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    7 years ago

    Dearest Linda . . .

    Yes, me too . . . All our hearts are still saddened by the passing of someone who touched all our hearts so profoundly . . .

    Their legacy lives on through the body of work they created . . . It is a good reminder to each of us that we too, can give to the world a body of work that will make the world a better place . . .

    Blessings to you and yours always, EarthAngel . . . .

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    Linda 

    7 years ago

    Every so often I go this website just to be sure it is for real that he is gone. My gosh 3 years!!! His music still soothes me till this day and when I am sad I put in his cd and have him beautiful voice sing me to sleep. I remember when I heard he had died and I literally could not breathe and could not move while my brain tried to process that I will never get to see him in concert again. My heart is still heavy. I couldn't even imagine how his wife felt and still feels. God is taking all the good people, it's no wonder this world is getting worse and worse.

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    neysajasper 

    9 years ago

    Sad news but lovely hub..

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    10 years ago

    Thank you so much Susan for your wonderful comments!!

    This Hub was really short as I just wanted to get a tribute out the day Dan died!!

    Even though my intentions were pure - to honor Dan's songs and get the message out there of his passing, my use of his work through just the words to his song triggered the "duplicate content" filters!!

    Now I understand, and agree, fully with how the HubPages system works!! They really work hard to protect the copyright of authors!! Which includes all of us!! As a publisher/artist myself, I sooooooooooooo applaude their watchfulness!!

    SunSeven, a Hubber I admire very much, created this Hub: https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Dan-Fogelberg

    As a new Hubber, you can learn a lot by comparing the two!! SunSeven, Patty English, and about a dozen of the other top scoring Hubbers are wonderful human beings besides just being great writers!! I learn from them every day!!

    Again, I am sooooooooooooooo delighted you have joined HubPages!! Your independent-thinking is the song we sing at HubPages!!

    Keep writing!! Keep singing!! Keep sharing!!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    SusanBonfiglio 

    10 years ago from Woodmere, NY

    I just saw this and wanted to comment. I love Dan's music. I first heard him in my Jr. year of college. Netherlands is a magnificent song lyrically and musically and a very fitting tribute to him.

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    OrangeCast 

    10 years ago from Dallas, TX

    Although I am only 27...and came to know Dan Fogelberg's music after his true heyday (is that how you spell that word by the way??? I just realized it's the first time I've ever typed it out. Regardless, I digress...) I always loved his music because it reminds me of my dad. He was the one who introduced me to Dan Fogelberg, and every time I listen to Leader of the Band it reminds me of my father (who is still alive and definitely kicking, thankfully). I was always a big fan of Run for the Roses as well, and Longer. I remember when I was in high school I would throw in my Dan Fogelberg Greatest Hits CD and my friends would look at me funny. It did not matter to me. What a great singer and songwriter. Thanks for reminding me.

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    dafla 

    10 years ago

    Dan Fogelberg was one of my very favorite artists. Did you know he had stage fright so badly that he hardly ever performed live? I had tickets to a tour that was coming through my home town in SC, but it was cancelled. They said he had "the flu", but later it came out that he had had an emotional break after his first few nights of the tour. He was one of the most talented men that ever drew a breath.

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    Earth Angel 

    10 years ago

    Hi Fly4Angels!!

    Thanks for the clarification; I'm sure NicheBlogs was unaware of the error!!

    Blessings, Earth Angel!!

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    fly4angels 

    10 years ago

    Sometimes when we touch was written by Dan Hill, not Dan Fogelberg.

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    Earth Angel 

    10 years ago

    Thank you NicheBlogs!! I've been playing Dan's music over and over and over this past month!! Thanks for your lovely comments and tribute to a GREAT talent!! Blessings, Earth Angel!!

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    nicheblogs 

    10 years ago from Australia

    Its a shock - "sometimes when we touch, the honestys too much..." He was such an honest writer about his emotions he touched our hearts with so many songs. I too am of that age group and 53 is way too young to leave. Thanks for the lyric above, it is hard to know what to say when someone dies but you chose well. Thanks.

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    Earth Angel 

    10 years ago

    Thank yoy In The Doghouse!! He was sooooooooooo young, only 53!! I think he touched so many of us during important formative years!! Thanks for dropping by!! Blessings Always, Earth Angel!!

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    In The Doghouse 

    10 years ago from California

    Earth Angel

    I too am a fan of Dan Fogelberg, he will be missed but his music will live on.

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    AuraGem 

    10 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    A lovely way to tribute to an amazing man. His own words hold the beauty. Your silence frames the picture as it hangs in a heavenly gallery.

    Love the way you simply shine a light on him!

    Smiles and Light

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    Earth Angel 

    10 years ago

    Thank you Veronica for your comments!! The news kind of got lost in all the Holiday celebrations!! I expected to see his name more on the Year End recaps on TV, but alas, I have seen none yet!! He was part of my growing up as well!! I have the above song, Netherlands, in calligraphy and stained glass above me desk!! It has been my anthem for years!! Thanks again for the comments!! Earth Angel!!

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    Veronica 

    10 years ago from NY

    Eesh, I didn't know he died either! I'm sorry to hear this, he was a part of my formative years. Thanks for the touching tribute with his Words.

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    Brandy Owens 

    10 years ago from Wherever life takes me

    I had no idea he died. :( He's such a great musician. May he rest in peace.

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    Isabella Snow 

    10 years ago

    Oh.. I didn't know he died.. how sad! :(

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    10 years ago

    Thank you Jackilyn!! It is sad news!! It is the world's loss!! Blessings, Earth Angel!!

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    Earth Angel 

    10 years ago

    Thank you Compu-Smart!! Your comments are always appreciated!! Blessings, Earth Angel!!

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    Jackilyn 

    10 years ago

    This is very sad news,=[ lovely contribution. =]

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    Compu-Smart 

    10 years ago from London UK

    This is sad news and a great tribute Zsuzsy for such a wonderful and talented guy..

    Your a true blessing "never" in disguise!:)

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    10 years ago

    Thank you Zszsy Bee!! I have had his CD's on for the last few days!! Especially, Twin Sons of Different Mothers, one of my favorites!! I turn Netherlands up and sing at the top of my lungs!! The body of work Dan Fogelberg left in this world is etched in the souls of millions!! Blessings, Earth Angel!!

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    Zsuzsy Bee 

    10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    E.A. Well done HUB! I was a great fan. It's so shocking when someone dies too young...

    The 'Leader of the band' was my all time fave song of his.

    Thanks again for a good memory HUB

    regards Zsuzsy

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    Earth Angel 

    10 years ago

    Thank you cgull8m!! Yes, it kind of took the wind out of my sails!! And yes, I do believe his songs will live on and on!! As will our writing as it adds value to the world!! Thank you again for your loving and supportive comments always!! Blessings to you and yours, Earth Angel!!

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    cgull8m 

    10 years ago from North Carolina

    He is too young die, but his songs will live long forever.

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    10 years ago

    Thanks William!!

    I kind of feel like you must have when Sir Bing made his transition!!

    SunSeven wrote a brilliant Hub on Dan Fogelberg that is much more comprehensive and a more complete loving tribute!! I tried to put a link here but am at a loss why it isn't showing up!!?? Ahhhhh, us newbies!!

    Thanks again William!! Blessings on you and your family!! And your swing!! Earth Angel!!

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    William F Torpey 

    10 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

    Very nice, Earth Angel. Very nice.

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    Earth Angel 

    10 years ago

    Thank you Aman . . . I am "of the age" where Dan Fogelberg was instrumental in my life . . . This song, Nether Lands, has been my anthem for over 30 years . . . When I learned of his passing today, it kind of took the wind out of my sails for a bit . . . Thank you for your nice compliment . . . Blessings . . . Earth Angel . . .

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    Aman 

    10 years ago

    Nice hub,Keep it up.

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