Friday, August 12, 2011

Sweet sweet George Jones

The story behind George Jones and dad.

Have you heard the song "He Stopped Loving Her Today"?  It's about a lady who ends up leaving a man and breaking off their relationship. The song is told in 3rd person and the narrator talks about the man still having her letters and and pictures.  In the end, the narrator goes to see the man who is now 'all dressed up' and sees he is smiling for the first time in years.  Turns out, the man passed away, therefore, he stopped loving her today.  Sweetest.  Saddest. Song. Ever.

Our family thinks about dad with this song.  Granted, mom never left him, however he always said he'd love her to the end and then some.  She was a good woman to him.  Do you know of any other story where the husband was sick for 15 years and wife put her life on hold, for FIFTEEN YEARS, to take care of him?  Mom should write a book.

"He Stopped Loving Her Today", Lyrics

He said I'll love you 'til I die
She told him you'll forget in time
As the years went slowly by
She still preyed upon his mind

He kept her picture on his wall
Went half crazy now and then
He still loved her through it all
Hoping she'd come back again

Kept some letters by his bed
Dated 1962
He had underlined in red
Every single I love you

I went to see him just today
Oh but I didn't see no tears
All dressed up to go away
First time I'd seen him smile in years

He stopped loving her today
They placed a wreath upon his door
And soon they'll carry him away
He stopped loving her today

You know she came to see him one last time
Oh and we all wondered if she would
And it kept running through my mind
This time he's over her for good

(Repeat Chorus)

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