"I wrote this song in the early evening during late winter as I contemplated the fact that I could run anywhere on the planet and not be able to find my sister.

I thought about how the sunset looked wrong. So did the rising sun, the moon and stars. I scarcely recognized any familiar sites, in the early months of grief, in the absence of Jeannine.  She had been part of my everything for so very long.

I thought about how she loved lilacs and my husband and I had just moved into a home with a lilac bush in the backyard. I wanted to give her a bouquet in the spring when they bloomed.

The lilac bush looked gray in the setting sunlight the night this song was born. 

My sister was curious about faith.  And she loved owls.  So God's creation and His wisdom is referenced in the lyrics. Owls symbolize wisdom and owls were created by the One with all great wisdom.

"Wisdom shining by the moon so high."

The song is about how I wish my sister would have chosen to stay. Our last "goodbye" wasn't supposed to be for this long."

Linda Steber

Stay with me

 

Look outside, another sunset’s going  down
It nestles itself softly to the ground
The sunset’s don’t look right
But neither does the light
The stars come out and lilacs turn to gray

Stay with me, spend more time
We’re not supposed to say goodbye
Find true love, laugh again
This was not supposed to end

I’d hope for you all things good
When you never thought you could
Where you are, I believe
Hopeless lost......
To being free

Where did you put the love you felt for me
When hopeless told a lie that you believed?
But hopeless doesn’t know
The length God’s grace will go
Wisdom shining by the moon so high

Stay with me, spend more time
We’re not supposed to say goodbye
Find true love, laugh again
This was not supposed to end

I’d hope for you all things good
When you never thought you could
Where you are, I believe
Hopeless lost......
To being free