The Goodbye Song

There’s no need for us to say goodbye;
There’s no reason for sorrow or tears.
There’s no need for words of farewell,
For we will be together soon.

About This Song:
Some years ago I belonged to a church that hired a summer youth worker.

To lessen the load on any of the members, he stayed a few days in each of a number of homes, including mine. Poor fellow. I don’t even remember his name now.

In fact, the only two things I remember about him are the mustard that mysteriously appeared on top of the toaster one day–and the times we started using the stereo, only to find he’d left it cranked up at full volume.

Nonetheless, his presence in my home and in the church had been a blessing, and I wrote “The Goodbye Song” as a farewell tribute to him. (Incidentally, I grew up believing that “goodbye” is not an actual word. I still believe that, but am using it because I believe most people do now.)

One of these days, I plan to use this song in my church’s nursing home ministry, too. We’re not shy about talking about death. After all, for Christians, it’s the doorway to something SO much better than what we experience here on earth.

No matter how long a lifetime–or how short–any of us has, no one lives very long in comparison with eternity.

And one of the things we have to look forward to is the reunion with friends and family who’ve gone on before.

You can find a free PDF lead sheet (chords, melody, & lyrics) for this song on my website. Check here for all available lead sheets. And don’t forget to check the archives for other songs that might be similar in theme to this one.

On 12/31/2013, I’ll be posting an explanation of changes I’m making to this blog. But the long and short of it is I’ve run out of songs. Look for the full explanation on Tuesday.

Best regards,

About Roger E. Bruner

Seventy-four-year-old Roger E. Bruner is the author and publisher of eighteen Christian novels and the writer of more than two hundred Christian songs and choruses, a handful of musical dramas, and a number of shorter works. He sings, plays guitar and bass, and records his original songs in his home studio. He will be active in his church's nursing home ministry again when circumstances permit and in the church choir when it starts up again. In the meantime he'll keep playing bass on the praise team. Married for seventeen years to Kathleen, he has one grown daughter. Kathleen has two. Roger enjoys reading, moderate exercise, photography and book cover design (he's done all of his own except for Rosa No-Name), playing Snood, making walking sticks, and complaining about the state of the nation while continuing to pray for it.
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