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Song Lyrics - I Didn't Get To Say Goodbye

Updated on October 28, 2011

For Kurt, Carol & Rick....

I didn’t get to say goodbye
But I sure remember you
We drifted apart counting the years
And lived our lives as time flew

They told me you were gone
And my heart skipped a beat
That’s when I knew
Your last days were incomplete

It was me who let time go
It was me who didn’t let you know
That I loved you
And I know that now
It was me who didn’t say goodbye
And it’s me who now has to cry

I didn’t know how old I was
Until my old friends passed
I always thought I had time
To circle back and relive the past

But I didn’t do that
Because I let life win
I’m gonna find somebody
And let my memories in

It was me who let time go
It was me who didn’t let you know
That I loved you
And I know that now
It was me who didn’t say goodbye
And it’s me who now has to cry

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      saddlerider1 5 years ago

      Surburban, I know I can't feel your pain, but brother I want to share it. I know the feeling of not staying in touch and then to hear the sad news of that person's departure from our earth. Let us never stop telling and showing a person we love them, because we never know when we will get the call telling us this sad news. peace and blessing from the Saddlerider directly to your heart brother.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sad but beautiful song.

      It's always hard when you figure that person will always be there, until they're not.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      aw, Mark. It is a sad realization, one that comes to us all. And the longer we live, the more it happens. And too, you realize it could be yourself who 'went' but didn't get to say goodbye before leaving. The main thing is to be in the now and with the people in it. And if they are not but should be in it, make sure they are & we are.

      We're not omnipresent, though, so it's always possible that well be with some we need to be with while others just as important may slip away. Just don't be too sad. That can't help them. You're such a good person. Hugs.

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      Nimra Aijaz 5 years ago from Steel Town

      You've penned down that agony of losing the chance to be with that friend just one last time so exquisitely and so alive... touched my heart! Voted Up!

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      Kiss andTales 5 years ago

      Yes I am living this song, and that's about how he feels, but its to late in our case. Never take love and kindness for granted,the well can run dry!

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Before I say thank you to each of you I just have to say it's been a tough week. I lived with two fun guys in college way back when; well the wife of one of them (Carol) died of melanoma last week; then we got the news yesterday that the other roommate died of a heart attack or something. It may have been because of long-time abuse of drugs.... The other person mentioned died by his own hand back in the 90's and I was thinking of him too. So you know they all passed and I had times when I was so close to them; sharing a roof and all the things a man in his late teens/early 20's experiences... so now they are gone and I realize that I do love them. And now it's over. I'm really not depressed or despondent or anything. It's just that quiet feeling of sadness. I'll be fine but I don't really want to get over it you know? Because when I get over it then they really will be gone... they need to be remembered and today I'm doing that....

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Saddlerider - thank you for being the first to comment... it's tough man. I hate the feeling of oh well... I think men miss out on the emotional impact they have on each other. We realize it later when that close friend is gone...

      @Susan - thank you. It's sad but I wanted to put it out there. It is a song about regret... somethings you can write off but not a feeling that you have towards someone that you maybe kept to yourself.

      @Nellianna - Thank you as usual. You always have perspective. I don't know how good of a person I am. I guess at least I'm thinking good things and that's a start.

      @Canscorpion - Thank you. If it touched yours it's because it came from mine. It's real.

      @Kiss and Tales - Thank you. I'm sorry if you are feeling pain. I hate to hear anyone say, "It's too late" but I guess that's what I am saying here. Hange in there.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Well, perspective can't fix it, but might help mitigate the anguish a little. One thing, living through the anguish seems to better fit a person to deal with things and to appreciate them, too. Your friends were lucky to have you to remember them with such loving feeling.

      Take care of yourself - we love you, too.

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      Natosha Bullock 5 years ago from Clarksville, Tennesse

      Very good song.. Actually brought a few tears to my eyes. Voted up!

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      Scarface1300 5 years ago

      Your song does you well my friend. I have walked in your shoes and regretted not saying that final goodbye to my Brother. Not out of bad intention but I simply thought he would be here forever. It is a regret I shall carry with me my whole life. But when I next see him I shall make up for it, either that or he will throw me a beating, LOL

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Nellianna - Perspective can't fix it or make it go away but it can help with the grieving. I'm not out of my mind over this but I need to sort things out in my mind because this type of thing is probably going to accelerate in my life I'm sure...

      @tosha11 - Thank you... your tears are something that makes me happy in the sense that you were able to feel what I was feeling. You are very kind and sweet to take this to heart.

      @Scarface - Thanks. That's funny... yes we always assume tomorrow will be there. I've thought and written of that. Tomorrow holds so many promises that we lay on it's table....

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I'm glad you realize that the grieving is important. Writing this should help a bit. I have learned now to treasure every minute with those I love, since we really can't be sure who will have another day.

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @WannaB Writer - Thank you... it seems I've had a some bad news lately about friends. It's tough as you age and then they just pass on. I don't feel old at all. Yet it's happening with a bit more frequency.... I agree about treasuring every moment.

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      Silent hurricane 5 years ago from Israel

      This is so sad and yet so beautiful.

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Silent - Thank you again. This is something we all experience sooner than later. If you have a good friend who is deeply involved in your life (not necessarily a lover) then feel them now because one day life will take them away.

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