Song Lyric Sunday: 17/11/19. Don’t.

This week Jim Adams our talented host for Song Lyric Sunday has said that this week’s prompt is : November 17, 2019 – Did/Didn’t/Do/Don’t/Does/Doesn’t.

This week Jim’s prompt for us set me in mind of my dear friend Karen who died of cancer of the osphagus. We were close friends, I was not long out if hospital having broken my back badly , for the second time, when I got the news from Karen that she was ill.

The reason I have chosen Don’t stop me now by Queen will become apparent at the end of this post.

Don’t Stop Me Now” is a song by the British rock band Queen from their 1978 album Jazz and released as a single in 1979. Written by lead singer Freddie Mercury, it was recorded in August 1978 at Super Bear Studios in Berre-les-Alpes (Alpes-Maritimes), France, and is the twelfth track on the album. More information here.

I hope no one minds me making this so personal but this is Karen’s song.

To Karen



I rang her every day for over a year,

I begged to come see her but she would not let me near.

We laughed with each other but more often we cried.

I wanted to be with with her but her fears, this to me denied.

I begged her to fight it she told me she was tired

I nagged and bullied she said I was fired!

Things never got better she slipped from my grasp

I tried hard to see her but she still refused, so I did as she asked.

Then finally the day came and I got the call

At last I got to visit , not that she knew at all.

I talked of blue skies and beaches and clouds

I did not whisper I told her out loud.

She was struggling for breath then I caught her eye in a moment of clarity

I told her I  loved her she flashed at me   “no pity!”

Her hands were dirty her nails were lined black

Her pain and the squalor are the memories that keep coming back.

I spent four days in her company

I could not believe what I had to see.

I hated  her suffering as she breathed her last,

Sadly these horrid memories stuck in my mind, the ones which I cannot get past.

It was a foggy freezing December day

When we all met at the Crematorium  our goodbyes to say.

To a larger than life, loud colourful girl

Who with a flash of her eyes could set our working day in a whirl.

I sat there sobbing but she had to have the last word

“Get a grip you silly cow” were the words that I heard.

Then as her coffin disappeared for her final bow

She went out  with  a flourish to Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’.

Karen 1958 –  2010

70 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Nov 17, 2019 @ 07:13:41

    Hugs, Sis 🥰💜🙏🏽🤗


  2. Adelaide Dupont
    Nov 17, 2019 @ 08:44:54


    There is a wonderful parody version of DON’T STOP ME NOW going around.

    And I think of this one and also I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE

    as well as all the great arena hits and ballads Queen and Freddie Mercury [Deacon and May too] were famous for.

    Appreciate your poem about Karen and her pitiless ways.

    “Get a grip you silly cow” – that is indicative of a British stoicism which at its finest survived wars and other atrocities. And it is often well-applied to everyday life and its adversities.

    [I would have been called a silly cow too often as I suspect you might have Willow].

    And yes, the pain and the squalor.

    Lots of love does have an element of pity – especially the love we sing about and write about.

    And I think of Michaelangelo and the Renaissance artists who Queen do often approach in majesty and grandeur and depth and reach.


    • willowdot21
      Nov 17, 2019 @ 08:25:10

      Thank you Adelaide, you saw right through to the point of my post. Karen was herself to the end, I just hope that her mind was free of her poor body before she died. She is gone but never forgotten. As for Queen well they are just the best group ever💜


      • Adelaide Dupont
        Nov 17, 2019 @ 09:51:05

        Queen are definitely in my pantheon.

        My younger self had friends who reviewed BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY and WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS and one more big song for their music talks.

        And one of my classmates was going to be so triggered and unrelaxed [some of the sport chants were so rough and tough].

        And minds and bodies – they do not often run free. It is like Lyra and her daemon and how P went to find a life away from her in THE SECRET COMMONWEALTH – if you know or want to know your Pullman [and other readers of this blog may very well].

  3. crushedcaramel
    Nov 17, 2019 @ 10:34:44

    Amazing song. Thank you for sharing a very personal memory. ❤


  4. fireblossom32
    Nov 17, 2019 @ 13:17:16

    So sorry for your loss. Afa the song, I had never heard it until they used it at the end of the recent film about the band. I was never a fan before I saw that movie, now I love them


  5. pensitivity101
    Nov 17, 2019 @ 13:45:40

    A wonderful choice for so many reasons. I am sorry for your loss Willow. I lost my best friend to breast cancer, though she fought it for two years and I have a wonderful memory and pictures, of eating melting ice cream as her hair was growing back after chemo.


  6. Maggie
    Nov 17, 2019 @ 14:06:06

    A beautiful tribute. Sending you lots of love.


  7. Erika Kind
    Nov 17, 2019 @ 14:47:57

    There was a time I played this song up and down constantly!


  8. newepicauthor
    Nov 17, 2019 @ 14:51:41

    I loved the song and the video and I am sorry to hear about your friend who was taken too soon.


  9. Christine Bolton
    Nov 17, 2019 @ 15:26:24

    Wonderful, fantastic Queen. One of my favorite bands and I never get tired of hearing their music. A great share today. Thanks! 🥰


  10. Dale
    Nov 17, 2019 @ 16:39:10

    Willow… you have brought me back to my friend Brenda, who died on Christmas Day 2012. She would not let me visit her, either. No matter how often I begged. You think you are part of an inner circle and this is the testament to how much you were not.
    And then, quite by accident, I heard her very distinct voice in a store. She was with her sister (who has basically the same voice) – it was the last time I got to see her. We hugged, we chatted…
    She and Mick are singing “Free Fallin'” with Tom Petty for sure.
    However, this Queen song is fantastic, too 😉


    • willowdot21
      Nov 17, 2019 @ 17:30:32

      That’s beautiful and perhaps Karen has found them too, with a glass of wine or gin in one hand and a cigarette in the other. By the time I was allowed to go I spent the last four days of her life with …. Sad days so I fixedly remember the better times. Hugs for you and Brenda 💜💜💜


  11. msjadeli
    Nov 17, 2019 @ 18:57:03

    Willow, your poems are difficult to read as I could feel your pain from every direction. Your friend who was so full of life, to go as she did… Your song choice adds a special poignance, with Freddy’s early passing as well {{{HUGS}}}


  12. scr4pl80
    Nov 17, 2019 @ 19:06:41

    Great tribute to your friend. It’s never easy. Love this Queen song.


  13. ghostmmnc
    Nov 17, 2019 @ 19:20:40

    Sorry for the loss of your friend. Wish we didn’t have to say good-bye so soon, and I hope the good memories outweigh the sad ones. Lovely tribute, and the song is perfect. ❤


  14. J-Dub
    Nov 17, 2019 @ 20:23:05

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. What a moving tribute to your friend. Now this will be Karen’s song to me too. Classic Queen ❤


  15. Felicia Denise
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 04:22:03

    Love this song choice…and your tribute. (HUGZ)


  16. aisasami
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 13:39:17

    At the preschool where I work at, the graduating kids last year danced the Just Dance dance. But, all the kids love to dance to this song too!


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