As Tears Go By

Music HighwayMelancholy. Melancholy. My world has been a little melancholy these last few days. Why?

Last month, on December 20, 2016, just days before the holidays, I slipped on ice near where I live and broke my right ankle. I was in great pain. Someone soon came over and made the emergency call. An ambulance arrived. I spent several hours of that day in the hospital.

As I was leaving the hospital on crutches early that evening of the day and was waiting in the lobby for my brother to pull his car in front of the hospital, my blood pressure suddenly dropped so low I passed out. That never happened to me before. It was very likely due to the pain killers I was given. So, back into the hospital I went. All of my vitals soon came back to normal after being given an intravenous saline solution and eating a sandwich with fruit juice.

Again, all this was new to me. But on that day I saw tears go by.

Then, on January 1, 2017, in the late afternoon, our beloved 13-year old German Shepherd, Tammy, became gravely ill. The only place open at the time were veterinary emergency hospitals. So my wife drove our dog and me (with a foot in a cast) to the animal hospital and soon learned that Tammy’s stomach had turned. We were told she would not last the night. At her age, there was little that we could do. We had to put her to sleep.

Yes, melancholy has hovered over me the last few days. I saw tears go by. With tears I shouted at God that I hate the suffering! I hate the sickness! I hate the dying of loved ones! And I expressed my hate for the pain and suffering both my wife and I will one day eventually have to experience “in the evening of the day” of our lives – if not sooner!

The world likewise continues experiencing pain. Mankind has seen tears go by. Yes, Jesus Christ died for the sins of humanity, but the beat goes on. The world continues being in darkness. Hatred and violence are increasing. The innocent are still being killed. Many are dying on the highways and byways of their lifestyles – HIV, drug overdose, gang violence,  racial war, etc., etc. etc.

And just review the history of the Christian church – of the saints! It is mostly about trials, persecutions and martyrdoms. Did it have to be this way? Yes, yes, I know. It is all God’s will. But I hate it!

Oh, how I wish this madness and sadness about the conditions and realities of life would end now! But I must be patient, continue seeking God’s strength and endure a little longer – as tears go by.


Marianne Faithfull

As Tears Go By   (1964)
lyrics – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Andrew Oldham
music – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Andrew Oldham
sung by – Marianne Faithfull
genre – Ballad
side B – Greensleeves


It is the evening of the day
I sit and watch the children play
Smiling faces I can see
But not for me
I sit and watch
As tears go by


My riches can’t buy everything
I want to hear the children sing
All I hear is the sound
Of rain falling on the ground
I sit and watch
As tears go by

It is the evening of the day
I sit and watch the children play
Doing things I used to do
They think are new
I sit and watch
As tears go by

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As sung by the song’s composer, Mick Jagger.

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