A few days ago, I listened to a song for the first time. I might have heard it before – as it was on my iPod I must have done – but I hadn’t listened to it. It was written by a very talented musician Kate St. John and performed by the remarkable Peggy Seeger on her album Everything Changes which she recorded in 2014 at the age of 79.
The song is called We Watch You Slip Away and was written by Kate about her mother. Since Mum was diagnosed in 2009, I have read or dipped in to a library’s-worth of books, reports and, latterly, broadcasts but I’m not sure I’ve come across anything which speaks more clearly to me. It is, simply, a beautiful piece of work. It’s about “….a whole life lived, forgotten, veiled and pushed aside… .”
And the line which clutched at my heart?
“I did not know what goodbye meant until you walked away.” (Copyright: Kate St.John).