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Thread #81707   Message #2910943
Posted By: Jeri
20-May-10 - 08:22 PM
Thread Name: In Memory: Stan Rogers (1949-1983)
Subject: RE: In Memory: Stan Rogers (1949-1983)
I wrote this in 2005. There is STILL a radio host in these parts who talks about how Stan heroically saved so many lives before finally succumbing to smoke inhalation. He never made it off the plane at all. I kept wondering why the story ever got blown up so big, but I suppose it's just what people do. It must be hard for those who really knew him, though.

Personally, I think what made him heroic was his music, and how many people he touched, and continues to touch with it.

There's a candle on the table,
There's a thought that I must free
So I'll sing as if you, my friend,
Were sitting here with me
You know, you've got my sympathy
It's hard enough for me these days
It must be tough for a ghost to live up
To all the praise

You lived your life with passion
But you did all you could do,
So folks add on and the legend grows,
But it's not really you
The truth, it ought to be enough,
But it never is, it seems,
So they turn you into the hero of their dreams

And I wonder what you'd say if you were here
Where the answers are never easy, nor the questions even clear
And heroes have to learn their strength and angels earn their wings,
But one single life can change so many things

The legend or the truth,
Folks believe what they like best
But the memories are enough for me,
To Hell with all the rest...
I'd better get upstairs now,
They already think I'm mad
But as friends go,
You're the best I ever had

And I wonder what you'd say if you were here
Where the answers are never easy, nor the questions even clear
And heroes have to learn their strength and angels earn their wings
And one single life can change so many things
One single life can change so many things