Life Goes On

by Autumn Dawn Leader

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"Life goes on." Don't you just hate this saying? It's right up there with "snap out of it" and "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" (gag). The problem is, unlike those latter sayings, "life goes on" is true.

I recently watched an episode of a tv programme I like. In this episode, one of the characters has lost his wife to cancer. He looks out the window and laments that the view is the same. The love of his life is gone from him and so the view shouldn't be the same.

I agree.

When there is grief, or when life just generally messes you over, or when the complications that are a part of chronic illness happen, the world should stop. Life shouldn't go on. But, it does. Relentlessly. Maddeningly. It just keeps going on. And on. And on. It's wrong, on soooooo many levels.

And we wear our fake smiles and masks and try our best to appear normal because people we encounter are going to tell us "life goes on". Human compassion has its limits, and they don't have the capacity to deal with our pain (another reason life should not go on). So, we prepare our lies for when they ask us how we are. "I'm fine."

I've often said this:


"Life goes on. And that, my friends, is the tragedy."

It isn't the loss, or the unfairness of life, or the issues that arise because of our illness - those things are bad enough, but they aren't the tragedy. The tragedy is that life goes on...when it shouldn't.

And, so, with all this in mind, I wrote this song and created the artwork for the video.

No, not everyone will get it or like it. But, there will be many who will. It will resonate with anyone who has ever suffered a significant loss, and it will resonate with my fellow squishy brainers. We're the ones who know what the tragedy actually is.

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released July 7, 2015
Music, lyrics, piano and all vocals: Autumn Dawn Leader

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Autumn Dawn Leader Loughborough, UK

Autumn is a unique contralto vocalist who has been singing professionally since the age of 4 and writing songs for over 20 years. Her rich voice is versatile and her emotive music is heady and moving; her timeless style is a delight to audiences of all ages. Autumn lives in the UK with her husband and children, making music and dreaming dreams. ... more

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