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poetry http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/poetry.htm;

quotations http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm; and

essays written by Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm,

all of which are used to tell the story in this Web site, can be accessed by going to each respective link set out above.

My son, Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm manages this Web site.

Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)

When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play

No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye

- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins

MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm

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'Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble there's no place like home!
A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there,
Which seek through the world, is ne'er met with elsewhere.

Home, home, sweet, sweet, home!
There's no place like home!
There's no place like home!

An exile from Home, splendour dazzles in vain,
Oh! give me my lowly thatch'd cottage again!
The birds singing gaily that came at my call,
Give me them with the peace of mind, dearer than all.

Home, home, sweet, sweet, home!
There's no place like home!
There's no place like home!

[Extended Verses]

How sweet 'tis to sit 'neath a fond father's smile,
And the cares of a mother to soothe and beguile!
Let others delight mid new pleasures to roam,
But give me, oh, give me, the pleasures of home!
Home, home, sweet, sweet, home!
There's no place like home!
There's no place like home!

To thee I'll return, overburdened with care;
The heart's dearest solace will smile on me there;
No more from that, cottage again will I roam;
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.
Home, home, sweet, sweet, home!
There's no place like home!
There's no place like home!

- "There's No Place Like Home (Home, Sweet Home)" by Henry Rowley Bishop, with words by John Howard Payne (Cincinnati, 1852).

Caroline Moseley

Performed by Caroline Moseley, a performer and scholar of 19th-century American popular song, particularly interested in parlor songs and songs of the Civil War. Most of her presentations include lecture and performance. For 19th-century programs, and for the songs in this site, she accompanies herself on a 1912 Martin parlor guitar. http://www.iath.virginia.edu/utc/sentimnt/moseley.html

MP3 audio file (2.1 MB) http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/home_sweet_home.mp3

"ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND" http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/11 Lewis Carroll, The Millennium Fulcrum Edition 3.0," - played as background music as Alice passes the Home Sweet Home sign.

“Sweet Home” associates Jesus with the comfort of home. The song comes from a German-American tunebook Deutsches Choralbuch (Cincinnati, 1852). The original tune was composed by an Englishman, Henry Rowley Bishop (1786-1855), for his opera Clari, the Maid of Milan, of 1821, and the familiar words were added in 1823 by the American author and actor John Howard Payne (1792-1852). http://www.easthamptonlibrary.org/lic/lectures/hughkinglecture.htm