Ross Durand - Sitting Right Here

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This song is to my mother-in-law - a smart, funny, loving, vibrant lady who is now in the late stages of Alzheimers. Being "with" her is like being with a shell of her. She cannot engage, rarely reacts, etc. She and the rest of my wife's family accept me as part of their family and embraced me into their lives. It has been hard watching her slip away. Yet, every once in a while, there is a glimmer...

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I remember hearing when I was young
Before you marry a girl, better get to know her mom
And I found you sweet and I found you smart
So I married your daughter, cause she stole my heart
And time goes on and
People change
You began to forget things
Even our names

And you're sitting here
But you're not really there
You still smile when I give a kiss goodbye
there's still a hint of twinkle in your eye
We're not really with you even though
You're sitting right here

I heard it once in a Joni Mitchell song
You don't know what you got till it's gone
And I got another family, with another mom
I guess nothin lasts for long
But the photos still remind me
Of you from another time
The you that welcomed me in
That laughed, and who was kind

And you're sitting here
But you're not really there
You still smile when I give a kiss goodbye
there's still a hint of twinkle in your eye
We're not really with you even though
You're sitting right here

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from SpinTunes #8: Round 1, released February 11, 2014

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