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Old Rock & Roll Song (Karen's Song)

from Right Side Of Zero (1996) by Darryl Purpose



My 'aunt' Karen loved 'oldies'. She was also the last person to be born with a 'hole in her heart', and not have it fixed at birth. The doctors said she would not live to be an adult. When she became an adult they said she would not live much longer. At age 30 they stopped telling her anything. She lived a full life, I knew and loved her like a sister. She died at 43. She had been calling herself Kari for the last years of her life, and my daughter was given her name.


You make me think of an old rock and roll song
You make me think of that old heart and soul song
That we used to play on the piano as kids
And you got your piano today
You couldn't play it but that didn't count
Cause couldn't just wasn't your way

I know you feel my love now
And I'll always feel yours too
And when it's my time to go
I know you'll help me through
You'll always be a part of me
I'll always be with you

Ooh, your heart is whole now
Ooh, you're in control now

Since this life is all we know that we have
And in some way that must be good
I wanted you to live forever
And I thought that you would
You wanted to be beautiful
And you were, you looked younger than me
And just like me you changed your name now
And got a little more free
Now that freedom's bigger still
With lessons yet to glean

You're an old rock and roll song, that lingers on
And colors every dream

You make me think of an old rock and roll song
You make me think of that old heart and soul song


from Right Side Of Zero (1996), released January 1, 1996
co-written with Mark Josephs and Marc Polonsky
produced by Kevin Fisher




Darryl Purpose Portland, Oregon

Darryl went to Las Vegas at 19 and became a professional blackjack player, which he still calls the 'only real job I've ever had'. He is a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
Since 1996, he has toured extensively and released 8 albums of original music.
Darryl's last two albums spent weeks at #1 on the RMR radio charts. Next Time Around and Still The Birds
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