Monday the twenty-sixth of March:
The patient's passing seizures are becoming more pronounced by the day
The underlying cause seems to be some slow progressive decay
If I don't find a cure, I fear my patient must surely fade away
But I swear, I'll apply my science
To the cause
Brooking no defiance
I'll deliver her from this malady
She'll dance again
And I'll never forget when we first were courting
And she faced me, and her eyes were gleaming
In the moonlight, and she spoke so sweetly:

Don't let me go, my darling
Hold me safely 'til the morning
Promise when the lights are fading
You'll save me

Tuesday the seventeenth of May:
A worrying symptom has reared its head this week
She's been bedbound for a month
And now the patient is no longer able to speak
She tries to utter sounds
But the grip of the illness is strong and the patient is weak
On the bed, in a cold sweat
Like a corpse, but she'll live yet
When I find the cure, I can surely promise
She'll laugh again
And she did on our wedding day
When we danced, and laughed the world away
Even now I can hear her say:

Don't let me go, my darling
Hold me safely 'til the morning
Promise when the lights are fading
You'll save me

Sunday the twenty-third of June:
The patient no longer responds to stimuli of any kind
She's now my only charge
I clothe her and feed her, and nightly I read by her side
For though she's paralysed
I know that inside there must still be a functioning mind
Neatly laid on the bedsheet
I can still hear her fading heartbeat
I'll keep her stable and continue my research
She'll smile again
And I must bring her back to me
In her eyes I can see the gleam
In my mind I can hear her pleading:

Don't let me go, my darling
Hold me safely 'til the morning
Promise when the lights are fading
You'll save me

Tuesday the eighteenth of July:
My latest apparatus is the only thing that's keeping her alive
I had to stop her heart
The mechanical replacement will ensure the other organs can survive
Her body is destroyed
But what nature has neglected, the fruit of modern science shall provide
And I've broken every code of practice
But for my love, I'd shift the planet's axis
She'll return to me when she's been repaired
She'll live again
And I swear I can see the gleam
In her eyes amidst the new machines
And at night I can hear her whisper:

Don't let me go, my darling
Hold me safely 'til the morning
Promise when the lights are fading
You'll save me


Lyrics submitted by mediocremurphy, edited by minuette

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    General CommentA beautiful song.
    Pretty self-explanatory, a doctors complete devotion to the one he loves.
    mediocremurphyon December 19, 2010   Link
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    General Commentoo somebody already upped this!

    anyway yeah, pretty much about a doctor starting to push the limits to save his beloved and going a bit nuts
    othatzsokewlon May 14, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionI love the last verse!
    othatzsokewlon May 16, 2011   Link
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    General Commenta somewhat popular reference in music is the story of Carl Tanzler or Carl von Kossel, who was a german-born radiologist who came upon a young cuban-american lady named Elena de Hoyos in his hospital. she was dying of tuberculosis. When he couldn't save her (though he tried) he payed for her funeral and established her own above-ground mausoleum. he visited for a year during which he said that "Elena's spirit would come to him when he would sit by her grave and serenade her corpse with a favorite Spanish song, and she would often tell him to take her from the grave" (sounds like the chorus...)
    He eventually excavated her body, took it to his house, encased it with wax, and placed her on his bed...
    minuetteon October 13, 2012   Link

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