I had written a poem after we lost our beloved Labrador Nero to cancer to celebrate his life and how we thought of him not as a pet but as a friend. The le was never in doubt. We considered our Labrador to be more than a pet but “My Loyal Old Friend”.
Two years later I decided to put the poem to music. I wanted to give the song a universal appeal to anyone who had lost a pet whether it was a dog, a cat, a rabbit, or any other pet. The important part was to have everyone who listened to the song share their thoughts and memories of a beloved pet. The song/poem embraces the sad memories of losing a pet but also the happy memories of the time someone’s pet was with them.
I didn’t deliberately set out to make people cry but I knew the lyrics would, and they have on a number of occasions. Don’t ever be ashamed or afraid to cry.
The Lyrics to the saddest most Heartbreaking Song ever about losing a pet
If I had given you another name what would it have been?
Looking back on your life what would that name mean?
Something that says everything I treasured and still do,
A name that tells everyone how special you were too.
Someone who was always happy to be by my side,
Who never questioned me and would never hide,
You were always there for me right up to the end,
I am so proud to have known you my loyal old friend.
When I felt my world was empty and I only wanted to cry,
When I was feeling low or troubled by my side you'd lie,
That tender look in your eyes encouraged me to carry on,
My old friend I miss you so much now that you are gone.
Memories of our time together are precious now to me,
Those pictures will never fade so clear for all to see,
For I will always find the time to remember you,
My old friend I know you will remember me too.
If only I could see you again I wish there was a way,
To have you by my side for just one more precious day,
My faithful partner for now my love, is all that I can send,
Until we are together again my loyal old friend.