Glen Campbell is a true hero of American music: from being a member of the infamous ‘Wrecking Crew’ set of musicians in the 1960s, to replacing Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys on tour for six months, to becoming a country music legend in his own right.
Sadly, Glen Campbell is no longer the man he once was: two years ago he embarked on a farewell tour of the world after it was announced he was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. More sadly, it would be a tour he could not complete. Even with the help of his family on tour, and the use of tele-prompters and technology to help him perform, he was deemed unable to continue and his tour of Australia was cancelled.
In conjunction with a soon-to-be released documentary on his life, Glen Campbell has released what will no doubt be his final song, I’m Not Gonna Miss You. It’s a beautiful yet harrowing which deals with his struggle with Alzheimer’s straight on. The opening lyric – “I’m still here, but yet I’m gone” – is a brilliantly succinct summary of the effect of the disease. The lyrics are poignant and delivered with passion from Campbell, which makes the track all more harrowing.
He pays tribute to his wife in the song, who has appeared at his side in all of his public appearances since his diagnosis. The lyrics once again tackle the effects of Alzheimer’s:
“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”
It’s such an incredible song, and it is impossible not to be moved by it. It’s simply remarkable, and a fitting farewell from one of America’s biggest legends.