I cannot imagine I will be the only one choosing this song for today’s Song Lyric Sunday theme. This is such a moving example of a song that captures the pain in the writer. I admire greatly artists who can harness deep emotions within and create something that touches everyone else who sees or hears their work. Yet, when you read of the unimaginable tragedy that befell Clapton’s four year old son, I am certain that he was never thinking of commercial success when he penned these simple but profound lyrics.
People have so many different beliefs, and when we lose someone precious to us, we may find comfort in our beliefs. In my own life, I have lost so many dear friends and relatives, sometimes in very tragic circumstances. Added to the grief of the loss of these close relationships, I also found myself irritated by the clichés that slipped far too easily from the lips of others. “They’ve been picked to be a flower in the garden of heaven” or “Now they have wings in heaven”. It never made sense to me. It was almost like saying, “They will become a Disney princess and waltz on marshmallow clouds forever”.
For around nine months, Robert and I have been reading the Bible together, and I finally feel a great peace with what we have learnt. For those who do have been selected to become Kings and Judges in heaven alongside the Messiah, that is an honour and a marvellous hope. I look forward to seeing most of those I have lost, restored to life here on Earth, after that heavenly government has restored the earth and it’s inhabitants to peace, security and the very best of health and happiness. In fact, I have found huge comfort in imagining being reunited with those who are still alive in my heart.
Credits: Eric Patrick Clapton
Would you know my name if I saw you in heaven? Would it be the same if I saw you in heaven? I must be strong and carry on 'Cause I know I don't belong Here in heaven Would you hold my hand if I saw you in heaven? Would you help me stand if I saw you in heaven? I'll find my way through night and day 'Cause I know I just can't stay Here in heaven Time can bring you down, time can bend your knees Time can break your heart, have you begging please Begging please Beyond the door, there's peace, I'm sure And I know there'll be no more Tears in heaven Would you know my name if I saw you in heaven? Would you feel the same if I saw you in heaven? I must be strong and carry on Because I know I don't belong Here in heaven