Let Me Go

We poor scribblers find inspiration in the most unlikely places. An idea then picked up can lead down all sorts of paths previously unknown. This was the case recently when I was watching an episode of “Deep State” where the character played by Walton Goggins recites part of a poem as an epitaph for one of his companions who was being buried. The words “miss me but let me go” struck a chord within me and I had to see if I could find the source of this poem, if there was one.

The first source I found was a YouTube video by a band called Scrum but sadly this did not give any reference that I could see to the original poem and it didn’t seem to be claimed by the band as one of theirs.  Theirs are the lyrics I have included below.

The next sources of the poem I found all had “Anonymous” as the author, a very prolific writer of all sorts of material.  These were often found in funeral service pages.

I then found a version attributed to a Robyn Rancman which seemed to be the one albeit with some slight variation. Then the name Christina Rossetti came up in the comments amidst a little online skirmish about plagiarism and this being originally Christina’s work. Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was an English poet and her version certainly seems to have the basics of the poem.  I have been unable to find any definitive information however on the mysterious Robyn Rancman who is often quoted but of her actual existence there seems to be no trace. If any readers do know of anything to add to clarify this little mystery I would appreciate your comments.

When an epitaph is needed for me in the hopefully distant future could I respectfully suggest that one of these versions is chosen. The sentiment of the piece sits well with me, particularly the first three verses. I do have a little disagreement with the “masters plan” concept (see “Beyond”) and I might substitute “lines” for “songs” in the Scrum version but otherwise make of it what you will, I will be in no position to argue the point.

Miss Me Let Me Go:

When I come to the end of the road
and the sun has set for me
I want no tears in a gloom filled room
why cry for a soul set free

For this is a journey we all must make
and each must go alone
It’s all part of the masters plan
a step on the road home

Miss me a little but not for long
not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me but let me go

But remember my songs now and then
hear the tunes that set me free
and have a glass and close your eyes my beloved
know I’ll be what you need

Miss me a little but not for long
not with your head bowed low
remember the love that we once shared
miss me but let me go

Miss me a little but not for long
not with your head bowed low
remember the love that we once shared
miss me but let me go
miss me but let me go

Links:

Listen to the song by Scrum

Learn more about Scrum

Christina Rossetti’s version

Robyn Rancman’s version

Image by John Hain from Pixabay 

 

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