I had a friend many years ago
One tragic night he died
The saddest time of my life
For weeks and weeks I cried
Through the anger and through the tears
I've felt his spirit through the years
I'd swear, He's watching me
Guiding me through hard times

(chorus)
I feel it once again
It's overwhelming me
His spirit's like the wind
The angel guarding me
Oh, I know, oh, I know
He's watching over me
Oh, I know, oh, I know
He's watching over me

We shared dreams like all best friends
Blood brothers at the age of ten
We lived reckless, he paid the price
But why? Why did he have to die?
It still hurts me to this day
Am I selfish for feeling this way?
I know he's an angel now
Together we'll be someday

I feel it once again
It's overwhelming me
His spirit's like the wind
The angel guarding me
Oh, I know, oh, I know
He's watching over me
Oh, I know, oh, I know
He's watching over me


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    General Commentme and my friend played this song in memorial for my friend who died from cancer at his funeral. Was one of the hardest things for me to do, because he was just too young to die, i mean.. 17 years old..

    Rest in Peace Kyle, I know your watching over us...
    schaffersmygodon May 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYes, this song was about John Schaffer's friend who was killed in a motorcycle accident.

    But, that's what it means to John. What it means to me is diffrent..

    My father passed away a few weeks ago. And, I played this at his wake. It reminds me of how I feel now.

    R.I.P. Dad, December 19th, 2005
    UnNaturalSuicideon January 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentUnNaturalSuicide, this song means the same to me as it does to you.

    My father passed away a few years backm and everytime I hear this song, I think of him. Me and him didnt have a normal father-son relationships because we were more like friends to each other.

    R.I.P. Dad: July 20, 2003
    rogermaniaon March 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy dad also died when I was little too little to really know him but still the song reminds me of him how he is watching over me
    Digitalsoldieron May 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI had a friend who was killed when a driver who fell asleep hit him from behind while he was riding his bike. I relate well with this song. He was 15. I was a pallbearer at his funeral, me and another guy were the only ones who weren't family. I hadn't heard the song then as I was still only listening punk but when a friend sent me it over msn and it hit me hard. It hit even harder when I looked into the details of the song. I've been in about 7 car accidents and about a million close calls since his death and everytime I come out unhurt. Even though I'm an athiest I can't help to think of it. As well I can think of my father as well. He was killed in a car accident back in 98. Sometimes I like to think I have guardians on the road.

    R.I.P. Joey Aug 20th 2003
    R.I.P. Dad Aug 31st 1998
    combatbootson August 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJon wrote the song about his best friend growing up who was killed in a motorcycle crash in 1989. He has mentioned that it was the fulfillment of a promise to his friend's mother that one day he would write a song about him!

    Instead of focusing on the tragedy, it is more about the inspiration and faith that his friend continues to guide him.

    Incidentally, the friend is the one who came up with the name "Iced Earth".
    TheWarlockon December 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song, "Watching Over Me".. it was played at the memorial of my friend Sarah Skakum who died in the Sept.11 attack. (R.I.P. Sarah). ICED F'N EARTH!!!
    IcedEarthon January 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis songs about the singer's friend who died in a motorcylce accident...
    Smasher/Devoureron April 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentActually it is about one of Jon's friend and not Matt's. Jon Schaffer is the guitarist (and writes most of the songs, music and lyrics) and Matt Barlow does vocals.
    Paradoxon May 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt is about Jons friend who did yes die, but not necessarily in a motorcycle accident. I beleive that is it but not positive. I can realate to this song i think most of u(and the whole band) can as well, Amazing song
    I_LIKE_BEANSon June 05, 2002   Link

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