While it might first appear to be too macabre to have warranted a mention in a wedding speech, I love this song because of the truth it spells out: You can’t commit to share in another’s life without committing to the possibility of one day witnessing the decline, the departure.
And it came to me then that every plan is a tiny prayer to father time
As I started at my shoes in the ICU that reeked of piss and 409
And I rationed my breaths as I said to myself that I’d already taken too much today
As each descending peak on the LCD took you a little farther away from me
Away from me
Amongst the vending machines and year-old magazines in a place where we only say goodbye
It stung like a violent wind that our memories depend on a faulty camera in our minds
But I knew you were a truth I would rather lose than to have never lain beside at all
And I looked around at all the eyes on the ground as the TV entertained itself
‘Cause there’s no comfort in the waiting room
Just nervous pacers bracing for bad news
And then the nurse comes round and everyone will lift their heads
But I’m thinking of what Sarah said –
That love is watching someone die
So who’s gonna watch you die?