"Dedication" as written by and Daniel Gildenloew....
I watched you die
Though you had always been there
Since I first came into this world
Outside people smile
I ask, why this deep blue sky?
When you have left this world today
Does it not know when to weep?

All my life I've looked up to you
A humble old man who always knew
No one can ever be closer to God than you
So who could fill this void

I still can't believe that you are not around
That your warm voice won't make another sound
Sure I understand, but I never will accept
That you should be gone

I watched you die
And I have feared this moment
Since I was just a child
So why that sunny sky?
When my beloved grandfather
Lies dead here cold and still?

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"Dedication" as written by Daniel Gildenloew


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    General CommentIt is fairly clear that this song is about one of the characters (I'm not sure whether or not it's the boy or the girl) losing their 'beloved grandfather'.

    If you look slightly more carefully at the lyrics it is noticeable that there is a play on a traditional technique in poetry for creating emotion in the reader, known as 'pathetic fallacy' - using description of the surroundings to add to the description of the emotion of the central character. So in a lot of fiction and poetry (and also film to a certain extent) if the central character is sad it will be a bleak kind of day/rainy/dark. Daniel Gildenlow turns this kind of imagery on its head - the character here is asking 'why this deep blue sky?' and 'why that sunny sky?' which in a converse way almost makes you feel for him/her more. It is like the character is wishing the rest of the world was sad with him - which, with some introspection and hindsight, is actually a much more honest way of representing how we react to loss and pain in our self-centred human lives than pathetic fallacy can ever be.

    A beautiful and emotive song from a vocal and lyrical master.
    profsketton February 14, 2007   Link

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