For Those You Left Behind

Story Behind The Song

A friend suddenly committed suicide, and in the aftermath, we found out the details of some of the sadness that she had not shared, but drove her to take her life.

Song Description

A girl takes her life, and her friends try to understand and cope with the loss.

Song Length 3:03 Genre Pop - Alternative
Tempo Slow (71 - 90) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Cheerless, Moving Subject Sorrow, Suicide
Language English Era 2000 and later


For Those You Left Behind
(For Cheryl)

Music & Lyrics By Bob Gray
© May 27, 1993 Last verse © May 29, 1994

You've found a place of inner peace. The rest you'd searched for, but had not found.
A quiet stillness blankets you, where rest is long but dreams are drowned.
But for those of us still earthbound here, who miss your smile, your laugh, your light,
Now we feel the nightmares come, with each approach of dark and night.

What are we to do from here? How can we just carry on?
There's one less voice amongst us now, and one more angel sings.
We hope that beyond the dark, you've found a brand new dawn,
The darkness lasts forevermore, for those you left behind.

What secrets held you to your soul? Tales so sad you could not tell.
An anger that would not forgive, nor be forgot in time's great well.
What was it that gnawed inside, and like an angry banshee's scream,
Came bursting forth to start the night, create this angry, abscessed dream.

(Repeat Chorus)

And now a year has come and gone, the pain has passed from you to us.
It lingers every bit as strong, and the question still hangs, "Why?"
And how can something burn so bright, like a torch, into the night?
Yet be put out and leave no light... for those of us you left behind.

(Repeat Chorus)

Lyrics Bob Gray Music Bob Gray

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