“Memory” – performed by Barbra Streisand
Daylight, see the dew on the sunflower
And a rose that is fading
Roses wither away like the sunflower
I yearn to turn my face to the dawn
I am waiting for the day
Midnight, not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her memory?
She is smiling alone in the lamplight
The withered leaves collect at my feet
And the wind begins to moan
Memory, all alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days, I was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again
Every street lamp
Seems to beat a fatalistic warning
Someone mutters and the street lamp gutters
And soon it will be morning
Daylight, I must wait for the sunrise
I must think of a new life
And I mustn’t give in when the dawn comes
Tonight will be a memory too
And a new day will begin
Burnt out ends of smoky days
The stale cold smell of morning
The street lamp dies, another night is over
Another day is dawning
Touch me, it’s so easy to leave me
All alone with the memory
Of my days in the sun if you touch me
You’ll understand what happiness is
A new day has begun
The song “Memory” was written by Maria Ilett and James Eliot. It was performed wonderfully by Barbra Streisand.
The song has a very emotional tone which can easily draw emotion from people especially those who have lost members of their families or their loved ones. I loved this song because it talks about how a person could leave a mark to the people when they die.
When someone dies, the family of that person cannot focus on the cremation costs and other aspects of the funeral because their minds are busy thinking about the loss and the separation. The bereaved families can only hold on to the memories that they have of that loved one every single day of their lives.
They wake up and just long for the time that they could be together again. The last line of the song talks about moving forward as it says, “A new day has begun”. These memories will be able to help the grieving family to understand that this loss is only a part of life. Some people may choose to engrave the last line to the body of the cremation urns where the remains of the deceased will be placed.