In the late autumn of 2002, a friend approached me that worked in an office close the studio I was creating in at the time. She stopped me and asked: "You write songs, right?" I smiled and said "Yes".
She went on to explain how she'd been hearing so many songs on the radio about losing someone. But nothing was helping her, as she'd lost her son in a car accident the year previous "just like that, with no warning".
She asked, with watery eyes, if I could write her a song about someone like that; someone who'd lost somebody close, like a family member, suddenly.
"Soul Survivor" was the result. It "came to me" one day shortly thereafter while I was driving to town. By the time I'd returned to the studio, I - with an abundance of goosebumps - had the complete thing written and composed in my head. So, it was needing a channel, or an outlet.
I gave her the recording, with a warning to not listen to it while driving, of course. She seemed to find it quite helpful, as the next time I saw her, she was noticeably lighter, and happier.
That kinda stuff makes me feel good about what I do.
By Trance Blackman
I was given no warning
I was given no chance
To say... good-bye.
And now all that remains, is the question: Why?
I awake in the morning
See your picture on the wall
It makes... me cry
But I know with some time, that I will get by
Only want to hold you once more
To tell you “I Love You”
Only want to see into your perfect eyes again...
‘Cause I am your soul survivor
You will never be too far from me
I am your soul survivor
Your memory will live on inside of me... always
So what awaits me tomorrow?
Should I go on with my life?
I’ll live for you...
Sometimes I hear your name, how I do miss you...
Now I laugh and I can sing
There is love still in my heart
And it makes me cry...
But I know you are safe, no regrets, no lie