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Get it right next time

A dear friend of mine died last Sunday.
I just found out about it today.
Ironic that I was looking for something in my closet just the other day and
looked up on my bookshelf to see my old copy of
“Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”,
the cult novel by Robert Persig.
Its pink and black cover reeking ‘classic lit’.
Rod had given it to me many years ago during one of my visits to see him.
I thought, “I should really call him one of these days.”
Looks like I waited a bit too long.
His last words were supposedly, “With a little more time, I would’ve gotten it right!”
You were wrong, HRB.
You got it right this time, from where I’m standing.
Although there are no calling hours I thought some music would be appropriate.
He loved music.
This is your swan song, my dear friend.
I will miss you.


Out on the street I was talkin’ to a man
He said “there’s so much of this life of mine that I don’t understand”
You shouldn’t worry yes that ain’t no crime
Cause if you get it wrong you’ll get it right next time (next time).

You need direction, yeah you need a name
When you’re standing in the crossroads every highway looks the same
After a while you can recognize the signs
So if you get it wrong you’ll get it right next time (next time).

Life is a liar yeah life is a cheat
It’ll lead you on and pull the ground from underneath your feet
No use complainin’, don’t you worry, don’t you whine
Cause if you get it wrong you’ll get it right next time (next time).

You gotta grow, you gotta learn by your mistakes
You gotta die a little everyday just to try to stay awake
When you believe there’s no mountain you can climb
And if you get it wrong you’ll get it right next time (next time).

“Get it right next time” by Gerry Rafferty


  1. My deepest sympathies ~m.

  2. I’m sorry to hear about your friend.

  3. {{{hugs}}} for your loss ~m

  4. sorry….I ended up commenting on Facebook…hope you get to read it.
    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. Thoughts and prayers are with you!

  5. That is very sad. The same thing happened to me a number of years ago – she was 25. Come to think of it, the anniversary just passed (it was nearly 20 years ago). I found out a month after she had died and her death was very sudden and shocking.

    It’s not easy to come to terms with something like this, especially if you were close at one time, but you can feel proud of your tribute and be assured by the kind of man you are, that your friend knew you cared.


    Please tell me you’re on Facebook. You can find me there everyday – under Kat Mortensen. Okay?

  6. so sorry for the loss of your friend… a reminder not to put off those phone calls.

    from the Indigo Girls (Galileo):

    If we wait til the time when our souls get it right…
    Then at least i know there’ll be no nuclear anhilation in my lifetime… i’m still not right…

  7. Rod was a nice man and I know you enjoyed his company.
    It’s extremely sad when someone passes away almost unnoticed.
    I hope he has found his way back and is with his wife again.
    I know that he was so lonely without her.

    He was a good friend.
    I am happy that he is hopefully back with Bettie but I will miss him.

  8. Just wanted to say thank you to all that have commented on this one.
    Rod was a very dear friend and one that I will miss.
    I used to love sitting and just talking with him because he was so damn smart.
    I will continue to miss him but I know he is now back with his beloved Bettie.
    Thanks again.
    You guys are awesome.

  9. You always seem to post tributes – it can’t be easy but you get it done. I can’t. I’ve had a brother-in-law and a close family friend and my first cousin’s husband die…they’re dropping like flies around here.

    It’s just a way for me to remember, I guess.
    And actually, they’re not hard to do at all.
    I actually enjoy thinking about the person I’m posting about.
    Not for me.
    It gives me a sense of solace.
    Try it.
    I am truly sorry for your recent losses.
    Keep the faith, okay?
    Email me, if that may help
    Thanks, Lolly

  10. thanks for the reminder to make those calls, peace be with you as you work your way through.

    Phone calls?
    Yeah, just make ’em . . .

  11. What a wonderful tribute to your friend. I’m sure he is smiling down on you as he sings his “swan song”. My sympathies on your loss.

    P.S. I never heard that song before…I love the words!

    He was a quiet and gentle man.
    I wish I could have said goodbye.
    Thanks so much for the comment, Deb

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