No-one But You (Only the Good Die Young)

A hand above the water,
An angel reaching for the sky,
Is it raining in heaven?
Do you want us to cry?

And everywhere the broken-hearted
On every lonely avenue,
No one could reach them,
No one but you.

One by one
Only the good die young.
They’re only flyin’ too close to the sun
And life goes on,
Without you.

The grandchildren came for tea yesterday. Conversation turned to the band ‘Queen’ and the stage musical ‘We Will Rock You’… Musing on my favourite ‘Queen’ song…

‘No-one But You’ was written in 1997 following the death of Princess Diana; it’s also a tribute to Freddie Mercury, Queen’s lead singer, who died in 1991.

It remembers Diana, Freddie, all who die young…

And now the party must be over
I guess we’ll never understand.
The sense of your leaving
Was it the way it was planned?

As a child – I remember ‘stars’ who died young – Buddy Holly, James Dean, Marilyn Munroe….

As a teenager – stories of Keith Moon (‘The Who’) and Brian Jones (‘The Rolling Stones’) were sad but legendary.

The list continued – Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse…

And so we grace another table
And raise our glasses one more time.
There’s a face at the window
And I ain’t never, never sayin’ goodbye.

Many have personal memories of good people who died young. Some of us remember eight years ago… Kathryn’s accident, Matthew’s illness, both eighteen… There is the continuing joy of memories but the sadness of loss.

And to me the song speaks of my faith; the one who lived a unique but full life and died tragically when he was still a young man…

One by one
Only the good die young
They’re only flyin’ too close to the sun
Cryin’ for nothing,
Cryin’ for no one,
No one but you.

No-One But You (Only the Good Die Young)” Written by Brian May. Recorded by the remaining three members of Queen in 1997.

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