Farewell, Zach Sobiech: See You Again

This week we lost Zach Sobiech, who left the world much poorer with his passing. However, he left us a wonderful gift. The Minnesota teen wrote a wonderful song called “Clouds” after learning he had terminal bone cancer. He sang of his hope that “maybe someday I’ll see you again . . . We’ll fly up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end.” The physical end came for Zach this week but his grace and his gift has lifted the hearts of millions.

His beautiful song has raised more than $100,000 to fund research into osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer which typically occurs in teens and adolescents. He wrote the song as a farewell to his family and friends.

He had just turned 18 on May 3.

His short life was a life well lived. This extraordinary gift to his family and friends was one of the most profound statements of strength and optimism that I have had the privilege of witnessing.

Thank you Zach.

Here are his extraordinary lyrics:

Well I fell down, down, down

Into this dark and lonely hole

There was no one there to care about me anymore

And I needed a way to climb and grab a hold of the edge

You were sitting there holding a rope.

And we’ll go up, up, up

But I’ll fly a little higher

We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer

Up here my dear

It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now.

When I get back on land

Well I’ll never get my chance

Be ready to live and it’ll be ripped right out of my hands

Maybe someday we’ll take a little ride

We’ll go up, up, up and everything will be just fine.

And we’ll go up, up, up

But I’ll fly a little higher

We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer

Up here my dear.

It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now

If only I had a little bit more time

If only I had a little bit more time with you.

We could go up, up, up

And take that little ride

And sit there holding hands

And everything would be just right

And maybe someday I’ll see you again

We’ll float up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end.

And we’ll go up, up, up

But I’ll fly a little higher

We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer

Up here my dear

It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now.

BY ZACH SOBIECH

12 thoughts on “Farewell, Zach Sobiech: See You Again”

  1. I can’t watch it. My grandson wanted to be 18. He didn’t make it to his birthday.

  2. Frank, My daughter sent me this video yesterday, it’s a real tearjerker.

  3. “I want to be remembered as a kid who went down fighting and didn’t really lose.” -Zach Sobiech

    (Thanks for this posting, Jonathan Turley. And thank you for the additional video, frankmascagniiii, as well as the Alfred Delp quote.)

    Here’s to “love, goodness, truth and light.”

  4. “When through one man a little more love and goodness, a little more light and truth come into the world, then that man’s life has meaning.”
    Alfred Delp

    Thanks for this amazing story. Here is a moving Youtube video:

    http://youtu.be/9NjKgV65fpo

  5. Way cool.

    Reminds me of some of the text about clouds in the context of a resurrection from the dead in Christian theology:

    For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

    (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

  6. And you say that there is a God…. Zach, believed something…..Thank you for this professor….

  7. This is big in Minnesota. It has helped my daughter. She is in the Woody Allen, Albert Brooks school of death. She wrote to me yesterday about how this has soothed her heart and head.

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