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When I Couldn't Do It By Myself

When I Couldn’t Do It By Myself
Words & Music by Jeff Crossan

My father could not stand alone
I couldn’t lift him on my own
The time had finally come to make that call
They sent us James, a gentle man
I watched him shake my father’s hand
An answer to a prayer is what I saw

When I couldn’t do it by myself
When I knew I needed the strength of someone else
I was grateful to be blessed with two strong hands to help
When I couldn’t do it by myself

It was hard for me to face the truth
To change the bandage, dress the wound
Sometimes I wasn’t sure I’d done it right
When things went from bad to worse
Hospice sent my dad a nurse
Her name was Marge
She was a welcome sight

When I couldn’t do it by myself
When I knew I needed the skills of someone else
I was grateful to be blessed with two healing hands to help
When I couldn’t do it by myself

James would sit with my dad and talk
Give me the time to take a walk
Before too long he called my dad his buddy
And Marge brought ice cream sometimes in
Springsteen CDs, we both were fans
When I’d need a laugh she’d say something funny

As winter passed dad’s voice grew weak
Spring arrived, he could hardly speak
One day in May the sun set in his sky
I held his hand
I let him go
The tears that fell weren’t just my own
The three of us were there to say goodbye

When I couldn’t do it by myself
When I knew I needed the grace of someone else
I was grateful to be blessed with two loving hearts to help
When I couldn’t do it by myself

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This is a rough subject because it has been played so many ways in sermons and music and poetry and paintings. You pulled it off.

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