Bob, your pioneer contribution to singing
In a wide cultural perspective
Fashions the drama of existence.
By your sensuous intelligence
And humanistic integrity, full of the milk
Of wisdom and inventiveness, you provided
A liberating image of the indomitable spirit
And versatility of man.
You believed that the greatness of a man
Is not how much wealth he acquires
But his integrity and ability
To affect those around him positively.
Some people feel the rain
And others just get wet.
For you, one cannot gain the world
And lose one’s soul
For wisdom is better than silver or gold.
Loving the life you lived
And living the life you loved,
You were of opinion that beginnings
Are usually scarry
And endings are usually sad,
But it’s everything in between
That makes it worth living.
You were of opinion that the truth
Is that everyone is going to hurt you,
You just got to find the ones
Worth suffering for.
Bob, your singing catches the dewdrop
And reflects the cosmos exerting
A far-reaching influence on our age.
With your high spirit and artistic purity,
You believed that if we lived for ourselves,
We will live in vain
And if we lived for others,
We will live again.
We do miss you lots dear Bob
And yet, when we listen to your songs,
We feel you are still alive
And that you never left us alone.