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An Original Song by Darinfan Linda Samul


A LONG TIME AGO WHEN I WAS JUST 5,
I SAW A TALENTED MAN WHO WAS TRULY ALIVE.
HIS NAME WAS BOBBY DARIN, AND HE SANG HIS SONG,
IN A MOVIE CALLED "PEPE," AND I KNOW I'M NOT WRONG.

THE YEAR WAS 1960, HIS 1st MOVIE DEBUT,
AND I WAS JUST LEARNIN' HOW TO TIE MY SHOE.
I GRADUATED TO 1st GRADE EVENTUALLY,
WHILE BOBBY BOARDED A PLANE TO ROME, ITALY.

ON LOCATION HE STARRED IN THE FILM "COME SEPTEMBER,"
MET & MARRIED HIS TRUE LOVE, SANDRA DEE, IN DECEMBER.
ONE YEAR LATER THEY PRODUCED A DARLING BABY BOY,
WHOM THEY NAMED DODD MITCHELL DARIN, THEIR PRIDE & JOY.

IN 1962, I ATTENDED 2nd GRADE,
WHILE BOBBY STARRED IN 5 FILMS, & 3 ALBUMS HE MADE.
NOT TO MENTION GUEST APPEARANCES ON SEVERAL TV SHOWS,
PLUS ALL THOSE NIGHT CLUB ACTS, & THE STORY STILL GOES.

BOBBY KNEW HIS DAMAGED HEART WOULD SHORTEN HIS LIFE,
SO HIS MISSION WAS TO ENTERTAIN US, SINGING SONGS LIKE "MACK THE KNIFE."
A SINGER, SONG WRITER, GRAMMY WINNER WAS HE,
AND HE ACCOMPLISHED ALL THIS BY AGE 23.

ON MAY 14th OF '36, BORN WALDEN ROBERT CASSOTTO,
"I'D BETTA DO IT ALL NOW BEFORE I DIE," WAS HIS MOTTO.
SO HE DID WHAT HE HAD TO AND MADE LOTS OF CASH,
WHILE THE MEDIA ALWAYS LABELED HIM COCKY & BRASH.

BOBBY WAS MISUNDERSTOOD,
HE WAS UNDER APPRECIATED.
HIS MUSICAL STYLES WIDELY VARIED,
WHICH MANY PEOPLE HATED.

THROUGH THE YEARS, WHILE CONTINUING MY EDUCATIONAL CAREER,
BOBBY PLOTTED HIS COURSE, KNOWING DEATH WOULD BE NEAR.
IN JUST 37 SHORT YEARS, SUCCEEDING THUS FAR,
SINGER, SONGWRITER, MUSIC PUBLISHER, ACTOR & STAR.

I WAS A SOPHOMORE IN COLLEGE, HOME ON CHRISTMAS VACATION,
WHEN I HEARD THE SAD NEWS ON A RADIO STATION.
BOBBY DIED ON 12/20, 1973,
LEAVING ALL THOSE WHO LOVED HIM WITH THE FOND MEMORY,

OF HIM SINGING & DANCING, RARELY TAKING A REST,
ENTERTAINING US, DOING THE THINGS HE LOVED BEST.
SO HERE'S TO YOU BOBBY, WHEREVER YOU MAY BE,
FOREVER I'LL CHERISH ALL THAT YOU'VE GIVEN ME.

YOU WERE A LONG TIME MOVIN', NOW YOU'RE HOME.
YOU'VE BEEN A LONG TIME SLEEPIN', SINCE YOU'VE GONE.
YOU HAVE MADE IT TO THAT OTHER PLACE IN TIME.
NOW I'M WITH YOU IN THE VACUUM OF YOUR MIND.

 

 

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