Purple Sky

Words by Michael Cooper, Class of 2001
Music by Hyeyoung Kim

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Based on the Class Day poem “The Purple Hills” by Henry Rutgers Conger, class of 1899
In the hush of early summer
’neath the smile of the sky
We who lived as one, together
Gather now to say goodbye
In the west, the sunset’s crimson and the heaven’s cry
Hopeful teardrops stain the edges of a purple sky

I will never forget
I’ll remember you
Traveling through and moving on

I will never forget
I’ll remember you
Traveling through yet never gone
Oh my purple sky.

Shadows gather, ever faster
Sunset dims to grey
While the calling winds of evening
Through the branches play
With the stars so pale above them
breathing out a sigh
Watching us, who know and love them
’neath a purple sky

I will never forget
I’ll remember you
Traveling through and moving on

I will never forget
I’ll remember you
Traveling through yet never gone
Oh my purple sky.

Dying echoes fill the valley
heralding the night
As we serenade each other
in the fading light
wherever we go
We will return home, to purple sky

I will never forget
I’ll remember you
Traveling through and moving on

I will never forget
I’ll remember you
Traveling through yet never gone
Oh my purple sky.

Marching on, we’re marching on,
we’re marching on, we’re marching on
with a look behind us
We’re marching on, we’re marching on,
we’re marching on, we’re marching on
one final look behind us, marching on.
We’re marching on.

© 2012 Hyeyoung Kim and Michael Cooper. Used with permission.

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