"Where Have You Been" as written by Don Henry and Jon Vezner....
Claire had all but given up,
When she and Edwin fell in love.
She touched his face and shook her head,
In disbelief, she sighed and said:
"In many dreams I've held you near,
"Now, at last, you're really here.

"Where've you been?"
"I've looked for you forever and a day."
"Where've you been?"
"I'm just not myself when you're away."

He asked her for her hand for life,
And she became a salesman's wife.
He was home each night by eight,
But one stormy evening, he was late.
Her frightened tears fell to the floor,
Until his key turned in the door.

"Where've you been? "
"I've looked for you forever and a day."
"Where've you been?"
"I'm just not myself when you're away."

They'd never spent a night apart,
For sixty years, she heard him snore.
Now they're in a hospital,
In separate beds on different floors.

Claire soon lost her memory,
Forgot the names of family.
She never spoke a word again,
Then one day, they wheeled him in.
He held her hand and stroked her hair,
In a fragile voice she said:

"Where've you been? "
"I've looked for you forever and a day."
"Where've you been?"
"I'm just not myself when you're away."
"No, I'm just not myself when you're away."


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"Where've You Been" as written by Jon Vezner Don Henry

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    General CommentI've seen this song render grown, tough, truck drivin sorta men into a mess of helpless sobs.
    genetruon July 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the most beautiful and heart-wrenching country songs that has ever been recorded. The song applies the simple words "Where've you been" to 3 distinct phases in the life of a couple that grows old together. First they meet and marry, then they depend on one another. Later, Claire grows old and develops Alzheimer's disease. After many months or years of suffering with memory loss, she miraculously regains her memory when her husband of 60 years arrives in the room.

    The ending of thie movie, "The Notebook", might remind you of the last verse of this song.
    raiderroadtrip00on January 11, 2010   Link

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