A Song That Reminds Me Of Someone

This day started off weird.  I started out with a song in mind and I Googled it, just in case.  I was under the impression, for the past 32 years, that it was a song my grandpa had written, but I wanted to be sure because I’m nothing if not thorough.  I found out, the act of which felt like I was a balloon that had just been deflated by way of a needle to the side, that perhaps he didn’t so much as write it, as I had just hoped he had.  And, to be fair, no one ever told me he had, I think I kind of just assumed.  My fault.

Whether he penned the song himself or not, this song will forever remind me of my grandpa.  And the version I remember from him varies greatly from this one.  He sang “pal of yours”, not “friend of yours”, and it was much simpler, an acoustic guitar accompanying a single voice, usually with a crowd of children sitting in front of him.  His song, my grandpa’s song, went like this:

I wanna be a pal of yours

Mmm a little bit more

I wanna be a flower

Growing at your door

I wanna be a pal of yours

Mmm a little bit more

Mmm a little bit, mmm a little bit

Mmm a little bit more

This is the first time I’ve ever heard the original version, and no disrespect to the great Nat King Cole, but I much prefer my grandpa’s version.  I sang this song to my children every night from the time they were born until they were toddlers, when they decided they’d rather be read to than have me sing to them.  Nonetheless, I Wanna Be A Friend Of Yours by Nat King Cole reminds me of my grandfather, who passed away when I was in grade 6, and always will.

day 01 – your favorite song – I’ll Stand By You by The Pretenders
day 02 – your least favorite song – The Motto by Drake featuring Lil Wayne
day 03 – a song that makes you happy – Tightrope by Janelle Monae
day 04 – a song that makes you sad – Jar Of Hearts by Christina Perri
day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone – I Wanna Be A Friend Of Yours by Nat King Cole
day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere
day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event
day 08 – a song that you know all the words to
day 09 – a song that you can dance to
day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep
day 11 – a song from your favorite band
day 12 – a song from a band you hate
day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love
day 15 – a song that describes you
day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate
day 17 – a song that you hear often on the radio
day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio
day 19 – a song from your favorite album
day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry
day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy
day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad
day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding
day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral
day 25 – a song that makes you laugh
day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument
day 27 – a song that you wish you could play
day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty
day 29 – a song from your childhood
day 30 – your favorite song at this time last year

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