2 Songs in Passing

Would you know my name 
If I saw you in heaven? 
Will it be the same 
If I saw you in heaven? 

I must be strong, and carry on 
Cause I know I don’t belong 
Here in heaven. 

Eric Clapton wrote this song following his son’s death.

Clapton’s musical achievements as a legendary guitarist are well documented, as are his many years of addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Having children was a major influence on him ending his addictions. It was a tragic loss when his four year old son Connor fell to his death from a 53rd floor window.

In this song Clapton mourns the loss of his son and many of his friends and fellow musicians who had died during his years of addiction.

He asks ultimate questions about death and heaven

‘Beyond the door 
There’s peace I’m sure. 
And I know there’ll be no more… 
Tears in heaven’ 


‘I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk by your side
I can only imagine what my eyes would see
When your face is before me
I can only imagine, I can only imagine’

Bart Millard wrote this song following his father’s death. He found world-wide fame singing it with his band Mercy Me.

Bart’s parents were divorced when he was 3. He was brought up by his father, Arthur, who regularly beat and abused him.

When Bart was a teenager Arthur developed cancer and turned to Christianity. Nursing him through his illness Bart saw Arthur’s life transformed by his faith.

Bart wrote this song remembering his father’s death, asking similar questions about death and heaven.

Surrounded by your glory what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of You be still? …
I can only imagine, I can only imagine.


‘Tears in Heaven’ by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings (1991)

Only three years sober when Conor died, Clapton says the tragedy gave him the strength to fully commit to his sobriety instead of relapsing.

‘I Can Only Imagine’ by Bart Millard (1999)

Millard says that seeing his Dad change from being a monster to being his best friend and the Godliest man he’d ever known changed his life.

One thought on “2 Songs in Passing

  1. I have been very lazy reading wise past week or so therefore have a lot of musings to catch up on!ive not been well and weight has gone down to 29 kilos. So I have started having fresubin as of yesterday to try and help. Very worried what team r gonna say but gotta roll with the punches. Hooe u r all ok.

    Sent from my iPad



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