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 Posted: Wed Jul 22nd, 2009 05:38 pm
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My grandmother passed away in 2002 after 85 years of serving the lord, her family, and the church. She lost my grandfather back in 1971, and never had a thought of another love. She never learned to drive a car. She kept herself busy with church, quilting, the bible, and of course grandkids. She never seemed to have an unkind word to say. She made the best sugar cookies in the world. She had a beautiful alto voice, and would throw out that old timey harmony whenever she heard a gospel song she new (and she knew many).

Around 1992 I went and stayed 3 days with her. I took my guitar and a 4-track recorder. We spent hours singing and talking. I recorded a few songs of us, and a few of her. That was a wonderful time.

Some years later she lost that wonderful singing voice, but she still loved to sit, listen and mouth the words to those hymnals, filling the void where her harmony once was with just pure love. Her memory was lost a few years later, and what with a failing body to boot she became a shadow of her former self. She was just waiting for the lord to take her home.

Sometime before Christmas 1998, I wrote this song. I recorded it with my trusty 4-track, and played it on a boom box for her and everyone at the family Christmas gathering because I couldn’t get through the song without breaking up. I did learn later, how to sing it to her live. The trick was to practice it so much that I could perform it without thinking of its content. Not the best way to perform I know, but the lyrics were strong enough to pull it off. And besides, it was family.

I felt compelled to rewrite it to reflect where she is now, instead of where she was going back then.

Here's a link to a rough cut.
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Grandma’s Song
Words & music by Curtis Campbell ©2009

Grandma you’re the closest thing to heaven I have known
When I looked into your eyes I could see those streets of gold
Grandma now that you’re in heaven, won’t you tell em’ all for me?
Tell em’ all that I’ll be there, singing Heavens’ jubilee

    Tell em’ I’ll be there, by the grace god’s given
    Tell em’ I’ll be there, to praise his son in song
    Grandma now that you’re in heaven
    Grandma won’t you tell em’ I’ll be along?

You told us we would wake up in heaven some fine day
And get down on our bended knee to worship him and say
“Thank you lord for all your blessings and your saving grace”
As we gazed into our lord and savior’s smiling face

    Tell em’ I’ll be there, by the grace god’s given
    Tell em’ I’ll be there, to praise his son in song
    Grandma now that you’re in heaven
    Grandma won’t you tell em’ I’ll be along?

Grandma I still miss you, and I want you to know
I’ve been to the cross and Jesus saved my sinful soul
Grandma now that you’re in heaven, one thing for me please do
Ask the lord to help me walk, close to him like you

    Tell em’ I’ll be there, by the grace god’s given
    Tell em’ I’ll be there, to praise his son in song
    Grandma now that you’re in heaven
    Grandma won’t you tell em’ I’ll be along?



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 Posted: Sun Jul 26th, 2009 01:39 pm
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 Hey Curtis, this is beautiful, I can feel that you put your heart in it.  Your Grandmother sounds like she was a wonderful woman.  I had a Grandmother alot like her, we lost her in 99 and I'm looking forward to the day when I see her again.

 Enjoyed the song!



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Thank you Dennis. This song is special to me and our family. I miss my Gramaw, and will, right up till the day I'll get to be with her again.

Can I get a Hallelujah?!!!!..... Yaayyusss!



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i didn't make it through
without a tear rolling
reminded me of my grandma too.

The last time I played piano
in church for a funeral
was my grandma's funeral.
I was 15 when she passed on.
I played her fav hymn of Amazing Grace

a beautiful heartfelt tune

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Very nice Curtis.  These are the hardest to write, but then again, sometimes they are the easiest.  When it comes from the heart, it don't get no better than this.  Great job. 



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Thanks Roy, I love singin' this one. It still gets to me if I sing it when I'm alone.



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Love the story about your Grandma, Curtis, thanks for sharing it with us. 

Your grandmother sounds as though she was a very special lady and very deserving of such a beautiful song.  You sang it with a lot of feeling and heart, which in my opinion made a really good song even better!    

  

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Curtis, I listened to this last night on your page and was hooked from the very first line. It's from your heart and I think it well wriiten too. By the way I liked the song "Money Spent" that was also on your page.

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Thank you Sara. As many are, my grandma was special in so many ways.

It is heartening to know that something I created has touched someone in some way.

Rob, thanks for the kind words, and checking out my little page.

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Jeff Knight wrote: i didn't make it through
without a tear rolling
reminded me of my grandma too.

The last time I played piano
in church for a funeral
was my grandma's funeral.
I was 15 when she passed on.
I played her fav hymn of Amazing Grace

a beautiful heartfelt tune

Jeff,
I can't believe that I missed thanking you for these kind words. Well, I'm doing it now. Thank you brother. This means so much coming from you.
I sang this song at my Gramaw's funeral. I had to sit on the steps behind some flowers in order to pull it off without breaking down. It was the hardest, and yet the most fulfilling song I've ever performed.



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Curtis
no problem bro
I'm use to being ignored
I was married for 14 yrs remember
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What a testimony of such a fine lady! Beautiful story.



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I called mine Mamaw, her and my Papaw served there church and family every day that I knew them, right to the end. Your song about your Grandmaw touched my heart, as it took me to places in my mind I hadn't been in a very  long time.



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Thanks Terry and Barry.

It does my heart good to know my song evoked memories of a loved one. It is the best form of flattery I could hope for.:)



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Oh and one more thing........Your right, you know she told them



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RedinFla wrote: Oh and one more thing........Your right, you know she told them
LOL..........and she's still tellin' em!



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Now C2 you know she's gonna throw stuff at that wall till it sticks. Right?



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:Angel::bigsmile



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