"Terry's Song" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
Well they built the Titanic to be one of a kind, but many ships have ruled the seas
They built the Eiffel Tower to stand alone, but they could build another if they please
Taj Mahal, the pyramids of Egypt, are unique I suppose
But when they built you, brother, they broke the mold

Now the world is filled with many wonders under the passing sun
And sometimes something comes along and you know it's for sure the only one
The Mona Lisa, the David, the Sistine Chapel, Jesus, Mary, and Joe
And when they built you, brother, they broke the mold

When they built you, brother, they turned dust into gold
When they built you, brother, they broke the mold

They say you can't take it with you, but I think that they're wrong
'Cause all I know is I woke up this morning, and something big was gone
Gone into that dark ether where you're still young and hard and cold
Just like when they built you, brother, they broke the mold

Now your death is upon us and we'll return your ashes to the earth
And I know you'll take comfort in knowing you've been roundly blessed and cursed
But love is a power greater than death, just like the songs and stories told
And when she built you, brother, she broke the mold

That attitude's a power stronger than death, alive and burning her stone cold
When they built you, brother


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"Terry's Song [*]" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentWow, this song's great and i think its pretty obvious....sad but great song.
    nataloaon September 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful
    gabederoseon October 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentis terry a guy or a girl?
    gugooseon October 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentguy
    gabederoseon October 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe word "brother" should give you an idea...
    wwbon October 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is actually about one of his friends I think, there's something on it in the album booklet. I think it's about his friend dying (which actually happened) and he talks about all these great buildings and art pieces and how they can be rebuilt, but there is no way to bring his friend back. They "broke the mold" so to speak.
    eht senomaron November 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song. "Girls in the summer dresses" and "Terry's Song" are my favorite songs on the Magic CD.

    The lyrics "They say you can't take it with you, but I think that they're wrong
    'Cause all I know is I woke up this morning, and something big was gone" are so sad and the Boss puts so much emotions and feelings into them. This is the most memorable part of the CD for me.

    A truly great song, but on a practical note and I don't want to take anything away from Terry, but I think the Boss went a little overboard comparing his friend to the Titanic, Mona Lisa, David and Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
    tpwalleron November 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorites on "Magic" along with "Ill work for your love"

    Now the world is filled with many wonders under the passing sun
    And sometimes something comes along and you know it's for sure the only one

    ^^I love this line, its so powerful
    love1969on November 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFrank "Terry" Magovern, of Rumson, passed away Monday, July 30, 2007. Terry grew up in Belmar, where he attended St. Rose High School. He was a four-year Navy veteran, completing special warfare training and specializing in underwater demolition work (UDT) before being assigned to work with the Mercury Space Program and the original seven Mercury astronauts.

    For the past 23 years, Terry was the personal assistant to Bruce Springsteen and was a cherished friend to people worldwide whose names are too numerous to list. Terry was active in many aspects of the local community through business and charitable work, such as Holiday Express and Light of Day supporting Parkinson's Disease and research. In 2006 he founded the Joan Dancy and Pals ALS Support Group at Riverview Medical Center, in memory of his former fiancée, who lost her battle to the disease. In addition, Terry was involved with the Apple Jack Canine Kennels in Maryland, a dog-training facility specializing in bomb-sniffing dogs for the military. He later developed a program that trains dogs that work in women's shelters for victims of domestic violence as companion dogs for protection.

    Terry was predeceased by his parents Frank and Rosalie Magovern, and is survived by his loving children Laurie Guinan and son-in-law Michael Guinan of Eatontown, and Sean Magovern and daughter-in-law Andrea of Avon; his five adored grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Guinan, and Michael, Kyle and Maggie Magovern; and his eight beloved brothers and sisters, Dennis Magovern, Richard Magovern, Robert Magovern, Lee Boydman, James Magovern, Brian Magovern, Mary Magovern and Patrick Magovern. After traveling the world for years together, Terry also leaves behind a treasured group of friends whom he considered family.

    Terry was a treasured icon whose extraordinary personality and gravely voice have left their mark on all who knew him. The world will be a profoundly different place without his presence.

    From Asbury Park Press
    August 1, 2007
    Shamrokon December 05, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"he talks about all these great buildings and art pieces and how they can be rebuilt, but there is no way to bring his friend back."

    I don't think he's talking about bringing his friend back so much as how there won't ever be another like him. He seems to use the art pieces to represent the irreplaceable and the monuments to represent the so-called "wonders" that could always be rebuilt. "sometimes something comes along and you know it's for sure the only one; The Mona Lisa, the David, the Sistine Chapel, Jesus, Mary, and Joe; And when they built you, brother, they broke the mold"
    z4ckm0rrison January 13, 2008   Link

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