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Monday, September 17, 2012  |  Music

Taylor Swift: Ronan

'm sitting here with about 3 hours of sleep in the bank, and I'm physically exhausted. Drained. And just spent beyond what I can aptly describe. However, I came home with a message from my sister to listen to something. A song she has told me about a number of times, and in my current state of brutal tiredness, I'd normally put aside the message and tend to it another day, but she said this one was special. And that I would like it. So I pressed play.  
And wow.  
Very very often I write about songs I like and would like you to hear. But never have I heard a song that I NEEDED to tell you about. There is so much beneath this song written by Taylor Swift (A musician and an artist that has truly earned the meaning of those words - something I felt sure of when I fell in LOVE with her record "Speak Now". "Speak Now' changed everything and I fully believed from there about her music and I said at that point that she would honestly become one of 'THE' great song writers years down the road). So this song... called "Ronan" was inspired by this little boy who's life was robbed of him by cancer. His mother had penned down her very honest, real, and often painful thoughts of her journey with her son as he battled the disease from beginning to the very end (The blog is called Rockstar Ronan) - a read I swear to you will change your heart. You don't leave reading those kind of words with a dry eye. I am not normally a crier over movies, books, or songs... but Ronan's story, and taylor's song? *sigh* You just have to read and listen. You will get it.  
Cancer is a scary and cruel hand to be dealt. And while it hasn't stepped into my life (touchwood), there are people in my life who have been affected by this merciless beast. It has come close enough to my door to know that it is singularly terrifying. And that those who sit under it's wing live unfairly in it's excruciating eats you up from inside out... physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It is not a word you ever want to even hear whispered or breathed in any form or shadow around you. Believe me I know. 
I hope one day they find a cure. So that the world can be rid of one less wave of tears. So that people can keep their loved ones in their lives a little longer in this short and fragile thing we call life. And on a final side note, don't wait til it's too late to tell, and show those most precious to you that you love them because God will want them back someday.  
Alright old rambler... time for bed....I know I have written alot for someone who is painfully exhausted, but I hope it shows the necessity I felt in sharing this as I have been deeply touched by Ronan's story, and just as much by the incredible kindness shown by Taylor in writing this song (all proceeds from this song go to cancer related charities). So to close, this song is dedicated to all those who's lives have been affected by cancer. Thank you Taylor Swift for writing such a beautiful piece. I truly think it is your best masterpiece yet, and only goes to show how your song writing maturity and finesse far surpasses your mere 22 years of age. And thank you to Maya Thompson for sharing your son Ronan's story with us. It truly left a footprint on my heart. God Bless you, and I pray His peace will rest upon you.  
I remember your bare feet down the hallway  
I remember your little laugh  
Race cars on the kitchen floor  
Plastic dinosaurs, I love you to the moon and back  
I remember your blue eyes looking into mine like we had our own secret club  
I remember you dancing before bed time then jumping on me waking me up  
I can still feel you hold my hand  
Little man, and even that moment I knew  
You fought it hard like an army guy  
Remember I leaned in and whispered to you  
Come on baby with me  
We're gonna fly away from here  
You were my best four years  
I remember the drive home when the blind hope  
Turned to crying and screaming, "Why?"  
Flowers piled up in the worst way  
No one knows what to say about a beautiful boy who died  
And it's about to be Halloween  
You could be anything you wanted if you were still here  
I remember the last day when I kissed your face  
and whispered in your ear  
Come on baby with me  
We're gonna fly away from here  
Out of this curtained room and this hospital gray we'll just disappear  
Come on baby with me  
We're gonna fly away from here  
You were my best four years  
And what if I'm standing in your closet trying to talk to you?  
And what if I kept the hand me downs you won't grow into?  
And what if I really thought some miracle would see us through?  
But maybe the miracle was even getting one moment with you  
Come on baby with me  
We're gonna fly away from here  
Come on baby with me  
We're gonna fly away from here  
You were my best four years  
I remember your bare feet down the hallway  
I love you to the moon and back