You’ve Been Away Lyrics Video Story

And so she left and never returned. She never called. I was left adrift, with no closure, no direction, waiting for her to call me. Weeks went by and it seemed like forever. When she first left, I was so broken hearted, I had to quit my job. Remember the job I got ahead of our trip? That job. It was too painful, too much of a reminder of what we did and planned together. I walked in to work the morning after she left and looked at my Craftsman toolbox – the one we bought together at Sears – and I broke down in front of everybody in the Maintenance department. It was pretty sad. My boss sent me home. I stayed out for a few days and then quit.

Remember the days when you could pick up a newspaper and look in the “want ads” and find a job? Those were the days. I did exactly that and got a job practically over the phone with another company (I had to work – we were paycheck to paycheck people and I had to pay the rent).

I called Sarah’s parent’s house and her Grandmother’s house almost every night. Nobody would tell me where she was. For a couple of weeks this went on. I called her best friend Leslie and she could only tell me Sarah was “away” and that she didn’t want to speak to me. After a few weeks I finally got her on the phone, and man all I could do was bawl my eyes out like a little bitch – begging her to come home. I was so alone, and afraid. And I know a lot of readers might think – what a pussy. Right? Wrong. This was like a death to me. The loss was indescribable. I felt like my heart was torn out. There was nothing I could do or say. All I wanted was for her to tell me that she still loved me, that she wanted me to not worry. I wanted her to know how she had my heart forever. I made a promise to her that I would never forget her, that I would never stop loving her, that I would never get her out of my mind. I just wanted her to tell me that she was coming back to me.

“Why did you leave me this way?”

The lead solo that follows that line is intended to be dramatic, and lamenting, and sad, and angry –  all at the same time. I think it’s one of my best (but I think that of all my lead solos). It is supposed to depict the pain, anguish and despair of that phone call.

I told her that I would wait for her forever. If she ever wanted to come back I would open my arms up to her. That I wanted to share my whole life with her. That I would only love her. That I would do anything that I had to do to get her back. I begged her to come home soon.

It was the last time I would hear from her for 5 years.


 

You’ve Been Away (Lyrics)
by Jerry Boutot

You’ve been away for oh, so long
Seems like forever to me
Ever since you left my side
The pain is too much for me

I’m sorry baby, I cry and cry
When I call you on the telephone
It’s just I’m so afraid I’ve lost you forever
You don’t want me anymore

Please tell me that you love me
That you want me not to worry
I need to hear you say that you love me
More than I ever needed to hear it before

You have me forever if you want me
Oh, darling I’m making a promise to you
I’ll never forget you
I’m never gonna get you out of my mind

So all I wanna hear you say is that you’re coming back to stay
Why did you leave me this way?

I’m waiting for you baby
I’ll wait for you forever
If you ever want to come back
I’ll open my arms up to you
I wanna share my whole life with you
I wanna love only you
I’ll do anything that I have to do
To share my whole life with you

Baby baby baby my babe
I really love you so
I just want you to know
Baby baby baby my babe
I really need you so
I just thought you should know

I’ll do anything that I have to do
To share my whole life with you
Girl I really need you
Come home soon

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