"Song For Emma" as written by and Joseph Fidler Walsh....
There's a feeling I get when I look to the sky
As if someone is watching,
Someone hears every word.

We are filled with regrets, it was such a short time,
But we told Him we loved you, hoping somehow He heard.
We hoped He heard

You were with us for a while and He took you,
and He made your mama cry.
I can see it in her eyes, there's a question as to why.

And after all this time still I find that I'm without an answer.
Good Bye. Bye love.


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"Song for Emma" as written by Joseph Fidler Walsh

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    General CommentThis has long been a moving song for me, but the meaning was a bit ambiguous, so my unconscious mind morphed it into something that had personal meaning for me, but I'm seeing now was not quite accurate. Seeing the printed lyrics above for the first time, the capitalized Him gives it away. It is apparently about an infant who died. I always thought it may have been about a teen who died or rather ran away and disappeared, possibly even a teen suicide, and the "him" (other than the "He took you" part) was he who died. I heard the one verse as "And it made your momma cry", and it made sense to me on that level. This was also before I knew the title was "Song for Emma".

    Not at all to detract from Mr. Walsh's awesome lyrics and the story they tell, I think "we told him 'we love you'/we hope somehow he heard" as a standalone lyric could be very intensely moving when you apply it to notion of a young person who disappeared, got into drugs, became mentally ill living somewhere on the streets, etc. The one problem with this notion is that if the parents were loving enough to cry out "we hope he heard", chances are that their child would not have ended up in such a dire predicament, but sometimes events conspire against even the most loving families.
    musisteron April 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJoe wrote this song about his daughter Emma, who died in a car accident when she was 3 years old. Stevie Nicks then wrote a song for Joe called "Has anyone written anything for you". Quite obviously, Joe is referring to God, when he says "Him".
    frannie89on June 27, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningIn specificity,this song contains many numerous events.
    Firstly,Joe's daughter was in a car wreck while being taken to her kindergarden.She had too many internal injuries to save her.She died in the hospital at the age of 3 years.
    secondly,Joe witnessed a "man"who was actually an angel or god.People in that time period had extremely dveloped extrasensoric perception.Who he saw was the person who would take her to "heaven".This phenomena was very common at that time.
    The person referred to as an angelic person did hear everything.He also knew everything.
    There are many reasons to extract people who are dying,so,not much may be stated about that.
    At the end of the song it says "goodbye.Bye Emma";not "Bye love".
    RobertHockeron June 02, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningJoe Walsh:”Song For Emma” song:
    I listened to this song for the first time since 1974;at June 1,2010.
    I am a professional "psychic".
    what I heard in this recording was very interesting.Due to rerecording;and refinement of the music,many parts were difficult to hear.
    To begin,I observed Emma to be very smart.She was obedient,cheerfull[but,not happy at the time of the recording],not mischevious,displayed great discipline,soke clearly and fastly,had a lower tone of voice than normal,seemed surprised when Joe said they loved her[as though she were not told that in the physical plane],she was demanding,and she was with "Ila"[Eila or Ila is a male or female Hebrew name meaning “tree”].
    These conversations I heard while listening for sopirit conversations[I heard noise in the background indicating spirit presence.Spirits usually love being recorded]:

    “Song For Emma”:
    [Beginning Of Song]:
    Taps on glass or plastic window
    Something[similar to a chair]fell with a loud sound
    [woman]”Okay,Emma,watch”
    [woman]”Emma,look around”
    there's a feeling I get when I look to the sky
    As if someone is watching,
    Someone hears every word.
    [woman]”He heard”
    [girl]”I want my momma!””Where’s Momma?”
    [woman]”I don’t know”
    [woman]”Emma”
    [man]”Emma,there’s nothing you can do”
    [girl]”I want my momma”
    We are filled with regrets, it was such a short time,
    [woman]”Emma”
    [man]”Don’t,Emma”
    [girl]”Where’s my momma?”
    But we told Him we loved you, hoping somehow He heard.
    [girl]”He loves me”
    Taps on microphone
    [woman]”See?He can’t hear”
    [man]”wait”
    [woman]”Emma,don’t do that”
    [girl]”I want my momma!”
    We hoped He heard
    [man]”we heard”
    [woman]”We heard”
    [woman]”We always hear all of the prople”
    [girl]”Iwant my momma”
    [woman]”We hear everybody”
    [woman]”Emma,don’t”
    [girl]”I want him to see”
    [woman]”He doesn’t know it’s you”
    [woman]”Emma,let’s go”
    [girl]”I’m not ready to leave”
    [girl]”?”
    [woman]”You can’t be here”
    [woman]””They wouldn’t live”
    [girl]”They can’t see me”
    [girl]”I want to go back”
    [woman]”You can’t go back”
    [girl]”I want to go back home”
    [woman]”Emma,can’t you see?”
    [girl]”I want my momma to come with me”
    [woman]”They don’t even know”
    You were with us for a while and He took you,
    [girl]”They took me”
    And He made your mama cry.
    Girl yells
    [girl]”momma cried”
    [girl]”momma,don’t cry”
    Girl Cried very hard
    [girl]”They loved me”
    I can see it in her eyes, there's a question as to why.
    [girl]”Why did you take me?”
    And after all this time still I find that I'm without an answer.
    [girl]”momma loves me”
    [girl]”Answer him”
    [woman]”He won’t believe it”
    Good Bye. Bye love.
    [Joe singing]”Bye love”
    [man]”Let’s leave”
    [man,sadly]”Bye,Emma”
    [man]”Emma”
    [woman]”Say goodbye”
    [girl]”Bye”[then cried]
    [man]”Ila”
    [woman]”Ila,it’s time to leave”
    [woman]”Ila,let’s leave”
    Tapped hard
    Tapped very hard
    Caused feedback in the microphone
    Tapped before fadeout


    RobertHockeron June 05, 2010   Link

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