Going Home

by Greg Giebler

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

      name your price

     

about

Story of a fatally ill woman who faces death with courage and faith, and of her impact on her family, especially her husband. Written about my grandparents for a family reunion in 2008.

lyrics

The doctor said, there's no more use in trying
She's got about eight months, maybe nine
Grandma said "I'm not afraid of dying.
I just want to see my family one more time."
Grandpa couldn't keep from crying
She was his bride, his love, his brightest sunshine

She tried to calm his sorrow and his fear
She took his hand and whispered in his ear

I'm not going away, I'm going home
To a place that's been waiting for me and you
I'm not going away, I'm going home
Someday, you'll be going home too.
Someday, you'll be going home too.

The family all came home again that summer
I was just a young teenage kid
When we arrived I ran over to greet her
Not knowing what to say or where to begin
Her hug was still as soft and warm as ever
When a tear of mine fell against her skin

She tried to calm my sorrow and my fear
She took my hand and whispered in my ear

I'm not going away, I'm going home
To a place that's been waiting for me and you
I'm not going away, I'm going home
Someday, you'll be going home too.
Someday, you'll be going home too.

Some years had passed when I went to visit Grandpa
They said he was dying of a broken heart
His eyes were dim, he could no longer walk
but his mind was clear and his memory still sharp
I asked how he fell in love with Grandma
He just smiled and said he knew it from the start

He poured out his memories of the girl he still adored
Her beautiful brown eyes, her letters during the War
I saw how much he longed for the girl that he once wed
So when he died a short month later, I knew he must have said

I'm not going away, I'm going home
To a place that's been waiting for me and you
I'm not going away, I'm going home
Someday, you'll be going home too.
Someday, you'll be going home too.

Yeah, someday we'll all be going home too.

credits

released June 12, 2011

tags

license

all rights reserved