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Gabriel

(Janet Griffin)
December 1, 2002
Janet E. Griffin
On November 30, 1995, my nephew, Gabriel Kennedy, was murdered by his father, who then committed suicide. It was such a nightmare. I though this kind of thing only happens to other families. It took me 5 years to write this song. It simply would not go away until I wrote about it.

My brother-in-law, Brian Kennedy, was a good man. A man who lost his mind and his soul one night and because he could find no hope for himself, he could find no hope for his son. The world was just too painful a place to live in and he couldn't leave without Gabriel. Such are the horrors of addiction. I want to hate him for that, and yet, I love him to this day. Rest in peace, dear ones.
Gabriel

The rain falls, river grows wider
Steeped with the tears of the sky.
My tears fall, sitting beside you
I can't believe that it's true
I struggled to believe it when it all came down
It hit my heart so hard and fast.
How could he take your life, leave us here alone?\
Time seemed to stop right in its tracks.

Angel, diamond in the sky
Gabriel
Angel, got to know the reason why
Gabriel

I've been told you're watching over us.
I'm supposed to find some peace in that.
I've been told, you're here to guide us,
You wouldn't want us to be sad.
I struggle to release this rage all inside.
So strong, it's hard to draw a breath.
When I see your face so sweet in my mind's eye.
I pray that love transcends death.

Angel, diamond in the sky
Gabriel
Angel, got to know the reason why
Gabriel

I saw you in a dream last night
The god within you shining.
Gabriel you've taken flight
God knows, child, I'm trying.

The rain falls, river grows wider
I know it's time for goodbye
The rain falls, and I must try to,
See the god within us all
I struggle to believe this is how it's meant to be.
What godly lessons come this way?
A bullet or a bible, it's how you want to see it.
Me, I'm just getting through the day.

Angel, diamond in the sky
Gabriel
Angel, got to know the reason why
Gabriel