Helen’s Bench is Missing (Please See 40757)

Helen’s Bench is Missing (Please See 40757)

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Prompt: Bench

Please hear beautiful demo by Marthie:
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/40757

When I saw the prompt I knew I had to write again about Helen’s Bench. Helen is my 96 year old neighbor and friend at the lake. She has lived in her home for over 90 years. I wrote a song about 3-4 years ago about the bench at the end of her dock.. it was often in pictures I took of the lake. When we first bought our house Helen would be on her bench at the end of her dock fishing or sitting there drying off after going in the lake on her inner tube - loving the water. Over subsequent years she used the bench less and less as it is harder for her to walk safely. This summer, her bench was not put out on her dock. She has not been able to walk in the yard or on her dock. Helen is very dear to me and I can’t not imagine the lake without her and the wonderful stories she has about growing up at the lake. She is thinking she might not make it through another winter at the lake.

Lyrics: 

Helen’s Bench

V1
Helen’s bench
is missing from her dock
its absence
ticks loudly like a clock
marking time
in her life

Helen’s bench
was where she loved to sit
it’s welcome
drew her often on to it
holding her
and her dreams

PC
and I don’t want to believe
that Helen will ever leave ...

C
I want to see Helen
on her bench fishing again
I want to see Helen
float on her inner tube
I want to hear Helen
laugh at cool splashing waves
I don’t want to think
that she’ll be gone soon

V2
Helen’s bench
is stacked up on her lawn
its neighbors
of patio chairs long gone
making space
for a change

Helen’s bench
is well weathered and worn
its cushion
now tattered and torn
showing the
stress of age

PC
and so I can’t still pretend
that days with Helen won’t end ...

C
I want to see Helen
on her bench fishing again
I want to see Helen
float on her inner tube
I want to hear Helen
laugh at cool splashing waves
I don’t want to think
that she’ll be gone soon

B
Helen once said she’d never leave the lake
but now she says she’s tired
as she recalls her better days
she says she’s just waiting
for all pain to go away
as she watches the lake
without thaf bench
in the way

(Optional repeat chorus)



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Comments

musicsongwriter's picture

Brilliant story telling and makes it extra special as it's a real story. Thank you for participating.
Nadia

JWHanberry's picture

What a touching tale. It's sad to see an old friend grow less able. You should sing your song to her.

cindyrella's picture

I remember you writing that song about her! This is so bittersweet and full of love. Beautiful!

jcollins's picture

Hi Liz, very strong writing about Helen and her bench. Starts getting pretty sad at the end when life is about pains. I think it is a terrific song and Helen would love it.

Valerie Cox's picture

Oh man. I want Helen to live forever. This is so beautiful and sad but also heartwarming in a way. Writing the story around the bench gives such a great image and allows you to show the passage of time in a great way.