Lament for a friend

Charles Cowling

Posted by Quokkagirl

Here’s Michael Jackson’s song Ben. It’s a companion piece to Death of a Best Friend because Michael is singing about his pet rat. Friendship – and all of the loves and griefs that come with it – knows no bounds.

Ben the two of us need look no more
We both found what we were looking for
With a friend to call my own I’ll never be alone
And you my friend will see you’ve got a friend in me
(you’ve got a friend in me)

Ben you’re always running here and there
(here and there)
You feel you’re not wanted anywhere
(anywhere)
If you ever look behind and don’t like what you find
There’s something you should know you’ve got a place to go
(you’ve got a place to go)

I used to say “I and me”
Now it’s us now it’s we
(I used to say “I is me”)
(now it’s us now it’s we)

Ben most people would turn you away
(turn you away)
I don’t listen to a word they say
(a word they say)
They don’t see you as I do I wish they would try to
I’m sure they’d think again if they had a friend like Ben

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I feel sick, and can’t watch or listen to it.
I really love my dog. And loved our cats.
And I’m aware of just how wide is my prejudice towards prolonged petloss grief.