Song Lyric Sunday 2/26/17 – Somewhere Out There

So this week’s Song Lyric Sunday was a very emotional one for me. I’ve not lost many people close to me over the years, but the theme immediately made me think of the worst day in my life: December 19th, 2002. That was the day I lost probably the most important person in my life, my great-grandmother.

When she died my relationship with my parents and immediate family was very strained. She was the only one I really had a good relationship with and when I lost her it absolutely crushed me. Thinking back to the time, there was only one song that could describe the pain I felt and I listened to it over and over again for comfort and guidance. This is that song.

“Somewhere Out There” was written by the legendary James Horner with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil for the 1986 animated film “An American Tail.” Though the song mostly refers to two siblings who are separated and miss each other (but still alive), the song took on an entirely new meaning for me when she died. I’m not religious but I believe her soul is somewhere out there, thinking of me, loving me tonight. Sometimes I even still hear her voice calling my name and that one day, our energies will be together again.

Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight
Someone’s thinking of me and loving me tonight
Somewhere out there someone’s saying a prayer
That we’ll find one another in that big somewhere out there

And even though I know how very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishin’ on the same bright star
And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby
It helps to think we’re sleeping underneath the same big sky

Somewhere out there, if love can see us through
Then we’ll be together somewhere out there
Out where dreams come true

And even though I know how very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishin’ on the same bright star
And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby
It helps to think we’re sleeping underneath the same big sky

Somewhere out there, if love can see us through
Then we’ll be together somewhere out there
Out where dreams come true
Source: http://www.metrolyrics.com/somewhere-out-there-lyrics-linda-ronstadt.html (Plus one correction by me.)

For those curious, here’s the original film version. This particular scene is the first one I ever cried over in a movie. I just bawled the first time I saw this.

Though I lost her over 14 years ago, in a way the loss is still a fresh wound, but her memory lives on. I actually got a tattoo in her (and my great grandfather’s) memory last October. To see this and my other tattoos, please checkout the My Tattoos page.

Rest in peace, Kimiko Shiho-Holland, great-grandma (December 10th, 1918 – December 19th, 2002). Love you, miss you and long for the time our energies are together again.

 

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5 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday 2/26/17 – Somewhere Out There

  1. I suppose I should have realized that I would cry a lot today. I cried a lot in this movie, but especially when they played this song. I still feel the loss of my Grandmother and still dream of here, which I always take to mean that she is reaching out to me in some way. I’m not religious either, but I can’t fathom a life that doesn’t continue in some way after death. I’m so sorry for your loss. ❤

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    • Well, you really should have knowing the theme. 😛

      And thanks. It’s something that haunted me for years. I might have a little bit of a tough guy, emotionless exterior but this is one demon I’ve not been able to shake. Getting my memorial tattoo last fall was a huge step in the healing process but I still struggle with it, and this song still says it better than I ever could.

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  2. Love this song, and your reasoning for it. My Grandmother gave me so much, and it feels me with so much love to think that she is “somewhere out there” Thanks for sharing this song!

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  3. Oh, I so love this one. Beautiful. So sad to lose someone, a grandparent. I had very special relationships with all of mine, but those connections are endless. They are about where we came from. This song obviously means a great deal to you. I can see that. It is a comfort to think those who are gone are not completely or that we may be with them again, somehow.

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