I’m sure many of you, like me, were very sad to hear of the death of Country music legend Glen Campbell on 8 August 2017. Campbell had a huge impact on me growing up as my dad was a great fan and if it wasn’t Glen playing on the radiogram it was Tom Jones!  I’ve always loved Glen’s music and his musicianship.  It’s said that in one year he played on 600 recordings as part of the famous ‘Wrecking Crew’ – that’s a lifetime body of work for most musicians, but he leaves behind an amazing legacy. I have a good number of Glen’s albums and his 2014 film ‘I’ll Be Me’ which documents his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease was both powerful and affirming.

The lyrics below are from the last song Glen ever recorded as shown in ‘I’ll Be Me’ – you can watch it below (It’s sure to be released as a posthumous single). 

I’m still here, but yet I’m gone
I don’t play guitar or sing my songs
They never defined who I am
The man that loves you ’til the end

You’re the last person I will love
You’re the last face I will recall
And best of all, I’m not gonna miss you
Not gonna miss you

I’m never gonna hold you like I did
Or say I love you to the kids
You’re never gonna see it in my eyes
It’s not gonna hurt me when you cry

I’m never gonna know what you go through
All the things I say or do
All the hurt and all the pain
One thing selfishly remains

I’m not gonna miss you
I’m not gonna miss you

Written by Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

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