Sep 17 2009

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Peter and Paul on Mary Travers' Passing

What a sad day. Mary Travers, part of the ’60s folk rock trio Peter, Paul & Mary, has died.

In a statement on Mary’s website, Peter Yarrow reflected on his lifelong admiration of Mary, and how she lived her life.

I believe that, in the most profound of ways, Mary was incapable of lying, as a person, and as an artist. That took great courage, and Mary was always equal to the task.

Noel Paul Stookey (the trio’s “Paul”) also stated:

i am deadened and heartsick beyond words to consider a life without mary travers and honored beyond my wildest dreams to have shared her spirit and her career.”

Here are partial lyrics to her “Poem for Erika/Poem for Baby”, that actually made me cry when I learned she had written it to her daughter. (And I realized that this is what genuine love from a mother is supposed to be/feel like):

I’ll walk in the rain by your side
I’ll cling to the warmth of your tiny hand
I’ll do anything to help you understand
I’ll love you more than anybody can

And the wind will whisper your name to me
Little birds will sing along in time
The leaves will bow down as you walk by
And morning bells will chime

I’ll be there when you’re feeling down
To kiss away the tears if you cry
And I’ll share with you all the happiness I’ve found
A reflection of the love in your eyes

And I’ll sing you the songs of the rainbow
Whisper of the joy that is mine
The leaves will bow down when you walk by
And morning bells will chime

Day is done, Mary. Rest in peace.

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