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The song behind the late-night calls

This is the song I wrote when Frankie was in her first coma. One of the nurses told me she couldn't hear me and I should go home and wait there. I'm afraid I may well have driven them mad as day after day I sang this song to her. When she woke up, she asked the nurses if someone was singing. I'm sure I could hear their eyes rolling from my hotel room because I'd been torturing them for days. I didn't care, though. I knew she could hear me. Her elevated heart rate would slow, her breathing would settle and she just looked like she was sleeping when I sang to her. No furrowed brow, no shifting in the bed.

It gave me hope. When she was recovering from her TBI, we would talk every night. And usually, it would end with her requesting this song.

Everything's Gonna Be Alright

I can't sleep

You used to say to me at night

Then you'd come in on little feet

Steal my covers away from me

I'd say everything's gonna be alright

And you used to wait for me at night

To come chase the monsters from your room

You'd say would you stay with me a while?

And could you sing for me tonight?

I'd sing everything's gonna be alright

And I don't know what tomorrow brings

And I can't make it go away

I can only be the one

To wait the night out 'till the sun

Saying everything's gonna be okay

So I'll stay and watch you while you sleep

Here in the darkness of this night

But I know this must be true

God is watching over you

And everything's gonna be alright

I know in my heart this must be true

God is watching over you

And everything's gonna be alright

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