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#1177751 - 06/15/21 09:26 AM "For Mary" - tribute song  
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Some songs are imagined, some planned, and others inspired. I had a 2nd cousin, Mary who sadly lost her son at age 41 yrs in the prime of his life a couple of years back. I was inspired to write this song for my dear cousin Mary, and with her blessing. I waited to expose the song for a couple of years for respect for Mary and loved one's hearts to heal a bit. Mary is a devout Christian, so I wanted to express my words and music softly and in a comforting fashion. This was my attempt, and she was extremely grateful for how I imagined and captured her feelings. We all know a parent's worst nightmare is to lose a child, and this being within my family, I would much rather not have had a reason to ever even write this song. Hope you enjoy the song, as always, comments welcome.

Credits: Piano & orchestration tracks--Dom Sigalas
Vocals/guitar/production--me



"For Mary"-------music/lyrics: e.swartz

For Mary



Vs. 1
Mary, you lost a son,
His life here, on earth is done
Just like another Mary we know
From such a long long, time ago

Vs. 2
There are children left behind
And a wife too hurt to pine
My God, You have your reason
But why, on Christmas season?

Ch. 1
Sometimes itís hard to pray
When your childís taken from you this way
Two score and oneís unfair
I know this pain is more than you should bear (Full Interlude)

Vs. 3
Though Mary, it has been years
With my music, I share my tears
In this picture he looks like John
Now with his Grandpa, heís been drawn

Ch. 2
Sometimes itís hard to pray
When youíre angry and hurting this way
Two score and oneís unfair
Iím sure, that God has a plan up there

(Bridge)
Close your eyes, sweet memories will comfort you my friend
Not to worry, youíll see your son in heaven, again (Short Interlude)

Vs. 4
Oh Andy, you looked so strong
And weíll remember you, with this song!
For you did not die in vain
Four blessings, have your name

Ch. 3
Yes sometimes itís hard to pray
But Mary God gives you strength each day
Yes, two score and oneís unfair
But know that Andyís now, in His care (End Full Interlude)



#1177752 - 06/15/21 09:58 AM Re: "For Mary" - tribute song [Re: E Swartz]  
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Pretty song.
Condolences to Mary.

#1177753 - 06/15/21 10:36 AM Re: "For Mary" - tribute song [Re: E Swartz]  
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A great tribute, Eddie.That really is a terrible thing to happen, and I hope she derived some comfort from your song. A moving heart-felt delivery of the lyric.The strings are a nice touch.

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The lyric is so thoughtfully put together. The opening verse is so powerful and poignant. You so graciously acknowledged her Faith throughout the song. I love what you have written here, Eddie. Perfect music.


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#1177759 - 06/15/21 03:18 PM Re: "For Mary" - tribute song [Re: E Swartz]  
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Well written and well done.

Strong chorus.

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#1177762 - 06/15/21 05:30 PM Re: "For Mary" - tribute song [Re: E Swartz]  
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Eddie the fact this gave her the comfort she needed means everything here...whatever we can say is meaningless...so thanks for sharing this...and I trust his 4 children were also also comforted

And I'm listening to My Soul Is Burning as I type this...love how you intro the choeus with that guitar riff....


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#1177767 - 06/15/21 11:25 PM Re: "For Mary" - tribute song [Re: E Swartz]  
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Tough subject for sure...Very poignant & a really sweet performance...


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#1177771 - 06/16/21 09:16 AM Re: "For Mary" - tribute song [Re: E Swartz]  
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Eddie,

Really nice song that I'm sure brings comfort to Mary. I'm sure she treasures it!

Very personal touching song that's well done.

Ricky

#1177780 - 06/16/21 02:13 PM Re: "For Mary" - tribute song [Re: E Swartz]  
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Tastefully done with a good production, Eddie.

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#1177782 - 06/16/21 03:30 PM Re: "For Mary" - tribute song [Re: E Swartz]  
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Sunset, Thank-you.


Vnorth, Thank-you.


Gavin, Thank-you.


Guy, Thank-you.


John, Thank-you. Aside from FB, I haven't seen Mary for about 40+ years. But childhood memories/family reunions with Aunts/Uncles/cousins bring back fond memories.


Steve, Thank-you.


Ricky, Thank-you.


Vic, Thank-you.

#1177786 - 06/16/21 10:26 PM Re: "For Mary" - tribute song [Re: E Swartz]  
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Nice Eddie. Yeah I was going to comment on the downer side of it, i always felt happier stuff does the trick, but you couldnt by rights risk being disrespectful, and it's line with what she would expect.

But then when I heard those strings, i felt the warmth and im sure she will too. Strings create a mood, too often we dont use them right, I dont anyway.

Nice work, straight from the heart.

#1177789 - 06/17/21 04:39 AM Re: "For Mary" - tribute song [Re: E Swartz]  
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Eddie, you have expressed your feelings through words deeply. I appreciate your way of writing. A great tribute to you!

#1177810 - 06/17/21 07:19 PM Re: "For Mary" - tribute song [Re: E Swartz]  
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Fde,

Thanks. When I wrote this song on my guitar, I knew quickly that a string quartet was what I wanted, not a guitar--sadness just feels better & more appropriate when enveloped in strings.



Webit,

Thank-you.


#1177846 - 06/20/21 03:48 AM Re: "For Mary" - tribute song [Re: E Swartz]  
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Great production. The music is very commercial......has that epic quality.
Good song!! Good luck with this.
-Tom

#1177918 - 06/23/21 08:20 PM Re: "For Mary" - tribute song [Re: E Swartz]  
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Tom,

Thanks much. I always enjoy your music.

steady-eddie


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