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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Century or Centuries (02/17/11)

TITLE: Watching or Something
By Henry Clemmons


Not everyone has heard a song from Heaven. Granny Lennon, as I used to call her, told me she heard one in 1911. She claimed her husband sang it to her from the Pearly Gates. I asked if she had been married before because her husband died in 1998.

“Nope,” she’d brag, “He sang it from Heaven before coming back to me; the plague couldn’t keep us apart. Our love was too strong.”

She’d reminisce how through the years she used to sing the same song to her kids and grandkids as a lullaby. “I’d always cry,” she recalled, “each time.”

Granny Lennon was about the oldest person in the home; around 100 years if what she said was true. I used to visit Happy Acres on Saturdays. She would say that song got her and all her family through some tough times; wars, droughts, famines, sicknesses, funerals.

She would tell how the kids liked the melody more than words, “Most of the time I would just hum it until they fell asleep.” But she’d add with a smile and a tear, “I loved the words. They moved like no other I ever heard.”

For an elderly lady she could still carry a tune; a little shaky, but every Saturday she would sing it to me after retelling the same stories she told the weeks before.

Watching from a cloud in tears
Sprinkles mist on your garden’s flower
Watching from a cloud you feel me

I have to believe it’s so
I pray you believe it’s so

Whispers in your heart you hear
And know I’m close as any other
Watching from a cloud it pains me

Can’t stop believing now
God knows I believe you now

You’re asking will my coma end
Will love grow, will … love … grow
Watching tears shed for my life
I now know, love … will … grow

Watching all the ways you love
And all I’m able is to dream of you
Watching all the faith you show me

I have to believe it’s so
I pray you believe it’s so

Granny Lennon passed away around Easter in 2002. I sang the song at her graveside, and yes, there was one single cloud overhead.

I sing it now in my home when I’m alone. I don’t know if it came from Heaven, but I always feel well after. It reminds me of my wife.

Like Granny Lennon’s children and grandchildren, I love the melody of her husband’s song; a familiar melody I can’t ever seem to put my finger on. I know it’s over a century old, but it’s my favorite love song; there’s just something about the way it moves me.

I remember asking Granny Lennon what the name of the song was. She’d always say, “Watching, or … something.”

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Allison Egley 02/24/11
I like this story.

The years 1911 and 1998 threw me at first, but after I did the math, I figured out it was probably possible. :)

Great job with this one.
Melanie Kerr 02/25/11
I love the song - does it actually have a melody? It was a upligting story! Well written.
Beth LaBuff 02/25/11
It's the Beatles song, "Something" as I was reading your lines WERE so familiar! then after I got to the end, it all made sense, and I went back with the melody and it all fit! HOW COOL! What creativity! You brought a smile this evening!
Beth LaBuff 02/25/11
oh... and as I was reading, Granny "Lennon" I was thinking Beatles :)
Henry Clemmons02/25/11
You win, Beth. I didn't think anyone would make the connection and everyone would think I am crazier than what they think I already am. I am so glad one person figured it out. God bless you!!!!!!!!!!
This won't place, but knowing at least one person figured it out, is a victory for me.
Henry Clemmons02/25/11
And yes I know George Harrison wrote the song, but maybe John helped him with the melody; remembering how it was hummed to him as a child. Granny Harrison would not have been a very good clue; and McCartney too obvious.
So that's the story of the confusing story. :)
Beth LaBuff 02/25/11
LOL! :) well, welcome to the "Crazy Club" You certainly brought a LOT of smiles with this.
Kimberly Russell02/26/11
Apparently I'm just a hair too young to know the Beatles songs that well but I still liked your sweet story.
Michael Throne02/26/11
Oh, this is too fun! Thanks Beth, I knew it had to be something from the Beatles (sorry) but I couldn't figure out what.

I loved the lyrics even without the tune. I just liked the whole story. This may or may not be an EC, I don't know, but stories like this simply need to be enjoyed. Thanks.