“May his/her memory be a blessing”

The phrase is well known Jewish tradition. It’s an honorific epithet marking a deceased beloved person. Beyond that loving standard, there is a flip side … “what a blessing a memory can be.”

“For the Good Times” speaks of tender remembrances of a love story approaching it’s concluding chapter. Grounds are as varied and endless as the cast of characters themselves. Wrapping up a love that isn’t a physical loss but rather a loss of connection is often the most difficult to bear, loss of the living, loss of the future, loss of the dreams.

Don’t look so sad, I know it’s over

But life goes on and this old world will keep on turning

It’s said many of Elvis’s mid 70’s tunes are in a way an autobiographical essay. He stated there was no hidden agenda. He chose songs he liked. We as devoted fans tend to look deeper because of our shared feelings for the man who poured himself seamlessly into his words, wrapping them in emotion and tying them with musical yarn as his forever gift to us.

Let’s just be glad we had some time to spend together

There’s no need to watch the bridges that we’re burning

The blessing of a precious memory will eventually bring a warmth that overthrows the hurt, never entirely erasing it but pushing it to the corner instead of front and center. Like the sun peeking it’s colorful warmth over the eastern horizon, the beauty of experiences slowly brighten the darkness enabling the illumination to see things more clearly.

Make no mistake, no one is minimizing injuries or distress in matters of the heart. The immediate pain is brutal and real. But there does come a time when looking back elicits a gentle smile in your heart, gratitude for the good times.

I’ll get along, you’ll find another

And I’ll be here if you should find you ever need me

Don’t say a word about tomorrow or forever

There’ll be time enough for sadness when you leave me


This 70’s tune may be unfamiliar to some, but listen carefully to his intonation and see if you read a life lesson into it as I have.

My vote says he knew.


https://youtu.be/51N6Pi5XDRI

For the Good Times

(words and music by Kris Kristofferson)
Don’t look so sad, I know it’s over

But life goes on and this old world will keep on turning

Let’s just be glad we had some time to spend together

There’s no need to watch the bridges that we’re burning

Lay your head upon my pillow

Hold your warm and tender body close to mine

Hear the whisper of the raindrops fallin’ soft against the window

And make believe you love me one more time

For the good times

I’ll get along, you’ll find another

And I’ll be here if you should find you ever need me

Don’t say a word about tomorrow or forever

There’ll be time enough for sadness when you leave me

Lay your head upon my pillow

Hold your warm and tender body close to mine

Hear the whisper of the raindrops fallin’ soft against the window

And make believe you love me one more time

For the good times

For the good times

Recorded 6/10/72, first released on Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden

3/27/72, RCA Studio C Hollywood CA