Monday, December 17, 2007

Rest In Peace - Dan Fogelberg - Thanks For Your Music

Dan Fogelberg - Died of prostate cancer - he was 56



Leader Of The Band (4:17)

An only child
Alone and wild
A cabinet makers son
His hands were meant
For different work
And his heart was known
To none --
He left his home
And went his lone
And solitary way
And he gave to me
A gift I know I never
Can repay

A quiet man of music
Denied a simpler fate
He tried to be a soldier once
But his music wouldn't wait
He earned his love
Through discipline
A thundering, velvet hand
His gentle means of sculpting souls
Took me years to understand.

The leader of the band is tired
And his eyes are growing old
But his blood runs through
My instrument
And his song is in my soul --
My life has been a poor attempt
To imitate the man
Im just a living legacy
To the leader of the band.

My brothers lives were
Different
For they heard another call
One went to Chicago
And the other to St. Paul
And I'm in Colorado
When I'm not in some hotel
Living out this life I've chose
And come to know so well.

I thank you for the music
And your stories of the road
I thank you for the freedom
When it came my time to go --
I thank you for the kindness
And the times when you got tough
And, pap, I don't think I
Said I love you near enough --

The leader of the band is tired
And his eyes are growing old
But his blood runs through
My instrument
And his song is in my soul --
My life has been a poor attempt
To imitate the man
I'm just a living legacy
To the leader of the band
I am the living legacy
To the leader of the band.

3 comments:

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Oh, I read about it this morning in the paper. I saw him playing before he became famous, since I grew up about 40 miles from Peoria, IL.

And my favorite is "There's a place in world for a gambler."

Dan, you'll be remembered!

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Oh, I read about it this morning in the paper. I saw him playing before he became famous, since I grew up about 40 miles from Peoria, IL.

And my favorite is "There's a place in world for a gambler."

Dan, you'll be remembered!

susan said...

I'm so sorry to hear such a wonderful talent passed. I had such a crush on Dan Fogelberg. Love that Peoria boy's music.

I'm wondering if Elisheva was sneaking into the bars underage like I was sneaking into the bars underage. Probably not...:-)
Head East, REO Speedwagon...Red Lion Inn just off the University of IL campus town. What fun!