Condolences and a tree

Sad news today from Rick Springfield’s social media pages- his lovely mother died today.

She turned 96 a little over a week ago. No matter what age, losing a parent is never easy and she sounded like an amazing woman. My condolences to the Springfield/Springthorpe family.

This past summer, RS’s brother, author Michael Springthorpe, posted a picture of a tree his father planted in the yard of their Melbourne home. For some reason, the idea of their father planting this tree really touched me and I ended up writing a song inspired by it. In society today, people are so eager about drawing attention to themselves (social media, selfie sticks, etc.), the idea of planting a tree just struck me as such a selfless act – the idea that their father planted this tree so many years ago and all these years later it stands tall in their yard providing shade to those who visit. In my mind, it became a metaphor for all those selfless acts that people do to benefit future generations, without any expectation of recognition or honor.

So when I read RS’s post about his mom and his dad’s tree, it reminded me of this song and I thought I’d post it here because it makes me think of his dad, who died in 1981 and is now reunited with his true love; now I will think of both of them. From what RS has written about his mom, it sounds like she was a very strong, goodhearted woman who did many selfless acts for others. Rest in peace, Eileen Louise Springthorpe.

 

Lyrics:

The tree was planted long ago
He who planted it didn’t know
Who it would shelter from the sun
He just did what needed to be done

He wasn’t seeking glory or fame
Nobody even knows his name
But the world is a better place
Because he was here

It takes only one
One kind gesture, one kind word
It takes only one
Only one to change the world

His name’s not on any building
He was never honored for his deed
He never expected recognition
He looked around and found a need

It takes only one
One kind gesture, one kind word
It takes only one
Only one to change the world

The tree was planted long ago
It took many years to grow
Now it’s time to plant our own
Because we are here

It takes only one
One kind gesture, one kind word
It takes only one
Only one to change the world
Only we can change the world.

R.S., I hope you can feel the big hug from all your fans. XO.

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One thought on “Condolences and a tree

  1. Hi Rick I just want to let you know you and ur family are in my prayers and thoughts try to have good merry Christmas and happy new year OK your fan Patricia Williams PS. I love ya!!!

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