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The time for us to say goodbye is near
The day I hoped would never come is here
Though many hearts are broken we must somehow carry on
Cause I think you're gonna miss me when I'm gone

I thought my life was over when we met
So little to remember, so much to forget
Though it was you who saw me through the darkness to the dawn
Still I think you're gonna miss me when I'm gone

I'm a modest man
And it hurts me to say these things to you
After all we've been through it's the least that I can do
So instead of just goodbye I'll say so long
And as for the light by which you see me leave it on
I'm a better man than I was before
Knowing you has made me strong
And I sure am going to miss you when I'm gone
Yes I sure am going to miss you when I'm gone



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    UnregisteredOct 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm
    I've experienced a lot of death, significant deaths in my life. I feel that this song reflected the meeting of two people at the end of one of their lives. Maybe they both are dying, and one taught the other how to live before the end came. It's not always easy to learn and change beliefs, even ones that don't serve us very well. Change can be so hard.
    But change happened and the song seems a love song from one to the other, trying to say how significant even this short relationship has been. It changed everything. To say he is modest and admit that he is worth missing must be so hard to say, but not in conflict. Honesty of living and appreciating life, true gratitude is spoken here. It seems to say you made me love myself. How good that must feel after thinking their life was over.

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