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About: So Many Goodbyes

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Juliane Poirier - So Many Goodbyes
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Lyrics

So Many Goodbyes
Jeffrey Powel & Juliane Poirier

Chorus:
She’s lived a very long time, lived through so many goodbyes
In this blessed beautiful life

A Daughter, beloved, given so much—cherished all her days
A child who had brothers, allies who loved her—a sister showed the way
In sunshine and in thunder Hearts so full of wonder—
They were a part of her, tied for all of life

Sweetheart, beloved, given so much— bride in the blink of an eye
To the husband who loved her, she soon became—partner, lover and wife
They knew trials and laughter, Happy ever after—
He was a part of her, tied for all of life
Guitar Solo
Chorus
Flute Solo
They were a part of her, tied for all of life
Guitar Solo
Chorus
Years go on passing, she’s had to grieve every final goodbye
No longer a daughter, no longer a sister, no longer a wife
They knew trials and laughter, Happy ever after—
They were a part of her, tied for all of life

 

 

 

 

When Jeff's mother turned 90, she was clearly blessed with a wonderful life. She had had a devoted husband, healthy and prosperous children and many friends. Yet in the year following her husband's death in May of 1995, her sister and last surviving sibling died. Then there were losses almost too numerous to count of friends and extended family. These losses seemed the inevitable cost of living so long. On one day following one too many losses she commented to me, almost as an aside, "No longer am I a daughter, a sister, or a wife." I had recalled that many decades earlier my paternal grandmother had noted a similar sentiment wherein pieces of her very existence seemed to be taken from her as friends and relatives passed away. From that I came to understand that we mourn the loss of a part of ourselves with the passing of each individual we've known and loved over the years. This song was written as acknolwedgement of those inevitable losses she faced, and I suppose, we all face if we are lucky enough.

Jeff wrote an initial draft of this song and then called upon Juliane Poirier to both help with the lyrics and to sing the song. The DeComposers are providing the usual and wonderful back up harmonies. On this one, the vocal chorus is comprised of Ray Burns, Chris Rininger, Jeffrey Powel, and William Limbach, as well as daughter in law Francine Powel and son in law Larry Kehres. Jeff is playing the guitar, bass, and percussion.

Author: Jeffrey Powel & Juliane Poirier

Vocals: Juliane Poirier
Chorus: William Limbach, Chris Rininger, Jeffrey Powel, Fran Powel, Larry Kehres, Ray Burns
Acoustic rhythm & lead guitars: Jeffrey Powel
Midi bass: Jeffrey Powel



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