• take one last look

    by  • November 19, 2015 • community, durham, family, friends, grief, home • 12 Comments

    As David Letterman was finishing up his years on late night television, one of his last guests was Tom Waits, who wrote a new song for Dave called “Take One Last Look.” I wept as I listened because Waits captured the mixture of feelings that flow as we move from one chapter of life to the next. Little did I know Ginger and I were about to make a move of our own. Here is the lyric:

    let’s watch the sun come up in another town
    try our luck a little further down
    leave the cards on the table
    leave the bread on the plate
    put your hand on the gearshift
    put your foot off the brake

    and take one last look
    at the place that you are leaving
    take one last look
    oh, take one last look
    at the place that you are leaving
    take one last look

    I’ll bet we’re something that the wind can carry
    the arrow points a way across the waiting prairie
    this car looks like it could give us a good run
    our choice to leave was a good one

    and take one last look
    at the place that you are leaving
    take one last look
    oh, take one last look
    at the place that you are leaving
    take one last look

    let’s look forward to the lights that are new
    the world is a ribbon of road for you
    all towns have churches and tire shops
    they put up speed limit signs and they hire cops
    I love to see the wind in your hair
    all we ever need we can get anywhere

    and take one last look
    at the place that you are leaving
    take one last look
    oh, take one last look
    at the place that you are leaving
    take one last look

    When we decided to move to Guilford, Connecticut the song came back to my mind. I asked Phil Cook, a songwriter/musician and all around good guy, to help me record the song, which he did—and played guitar as well. My intention was to have this project completed before we left town, or at least soon after, but that was not to be. I finished tonight, and am very aware of how much I miss the friends and chosen family we left behind. I have said many times Durham is the most encouraging city I know. Tonight, I feel the ties that bind and am grateful we got to live there for eight years.



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    12 Responses to take one last look

    1. Michael Broyles
      November 19, 2015 at 6:51 am

      What beautiful memories you two created there. Thank you for sharing them with us. Blessings on your new journeys!

    2. November 19, 2015 at 6:59 am

      Oh my goodness you really touched my soul this morning. I too was in tears. What incredible lyrics! Thank you for sharing the photos and the smiles! Thank you Milty!

    3. November 19, 2015 at 7:02 am

      Durham was/is a better place today cause of y’all. I am sure you will have the same effect on Guilford.

    4. Charles R. Smith
      November 19, 2015 at 7:38 am

      Very impressive my friend. We both know that grief is real. Praying that you landed on your feet back in New England. Love you!

    5. Paul Cook
      November 19, 2015 at 8:48 am

      So wonderful to have gotten to be friends before you left, Wynne and I hold you and Ginger in our hearts. See you again.

    6. November 19, 2015 at 9:07 am

      what a tribute. .. so wistful to have you leave this place.
      here’s to that forward look. may it be a beautiful sight

    7. Ann Cooper
      November 19, 2015 at 10:58 am

      Beautiful in every way…

    8. November 19, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Lovely! Thanks for sharing.

    9. Tim Tyson
      November 19, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Well, you’ve made me laugh any number of times, and now you’ve made me cry. We didn’t have enough time, but we did have a time, and our time will never be gone. It started in an instant but it will last always. Come back and see us. Love to both of you.

    10. Claudia
      November 19, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Perfect. Thank you. Love you.

    11. November 20, 2015 at 1:21 am

      what a great song Milton, and you sang it with grace and humility.. You and Ginger have been life long friends with Patty, and I thank you for that. All our love and best wishes Jack and Connie.

    12. December 2, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      The song, your rendition, and the photos are so moving, Milton. I found myself tearing up, too, because it reminded me of when we left Massachusetts three years ago. For many years, we had been surrounded by the love and support of the friends you met at the wedding, our chosen family, and leaving them was difficult. Our new path has been filled with joy and pain, mostly the former, and we’re forging a new life of challenges and surprises. May your next chapter be thus.

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