Glen Campbell releases powerful final song and video about his future with Alzheimer’s disease

Posted: October 15, 2014 in Alzheimer's disease, Medicine, music, Neuropsychiatric Disease
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I’m still here, but yet I’m gone
I don’t play guitar or sing my songs
They never defined who I am
The man that loves you ’til the end
You’re the last person I will love
You’re the last face I will recall
And best of all, I’m not gonna miss you.
Not gonna miss you.
I’m never gonna hold you like I did
Or say I love you to the kids
You’re never gonna see it in my eyes
It’s not gonna hurt me when you cry
I’m never gonna know what you go through
All the things I say or do
All the hurt and all the pain
One thing selfishly remains
I’m not gonna miss you
I’m not gonna miss you

The Country Music Hall of Fame member, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, is out with the video for the final song he’ll ever record — “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.” It was recorded in 2013 with producer Julian Raymond.

“I’m still here but yet I’m gone/ I don’t play guitar or sing my songs,” the tune begins as it details his struggles with the disease.

The poignant music video that accompanies it spans Campbell’s career. It contrasts Campbell singing in the studio with home video and clips from throughout his career. There are even images of doctors discussing his brain scans with him.

Because of the progression of the disease, the 78-year-old Campbell was admitted to a special care facility in Nashville in April.

“Sadly, Glen’s condition has progressed enough that we were no longer able to keep him at home,” Campbell’s family said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “He is getting fantastic care and we get to see him every day. Our family wants to thank everyone for their continued prayers, love and support.”

Campbell, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and is best known for his hits like “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman,” took his Alzheimer’s in stride.

“I just take it as it comes, you know,” Campbell said in a CNN interview in February 2012. “I know that I have a problem with that (forgetfulness), but it doesn’t bother me. If you’re going to have it handed to you, you have got to take it, anyway. So that is the way I look at it.”

In a career that spans five decades, he released his final album “Ghost on Canvas” in 2011 and then went on a farewell tour.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/14/showbiz/glen-campbell-final-song/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

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