Thursday, October 27, 2005

Manney Anderson

Graham has some 6-month remembrances for Manney Anderson. And here is the link to Graham's original eulogy: Manney Anderson.

I never had Manney in class, but I got to know him a bit through Graham. My favorite memory of Manney is my earliest memory of him: on the first day of school, Spartz asked him if "Manney" was short for anything, and Manney responded, "Manslaughter." So that was his nickname for the rest of the year.

"Washing of the Water"
by Peter Gabriel

River, river, carry me on.
Living river carry me on
River, river carry me on
To the place where I come from

So deep, so wide, will you take me on your back for a ride
If I should fall, would you swallow me deep inside

River, show me how to float
I feel like I'm sinking down
Thought that I could get along
But here in this water
My feet won't touch the ground
I need something to turn myself around

Going away, away towards the sea
River deep, can you lift up and carry me
Oh roll on though the heartland
'Til the sun has left the sky
River, river carry me high
'Til the washing of the water make it all alright
Let your waters reach me like she reached me tonight

Letting go, it's so hard
The way it's hurting now
To get this love untied
So tough to stay with thing
'Cause if I follow through
I face what I denied
I get those hooks out of me
And I take out the hooks that I sunk deep in your side
Kill that fear of emptiness, loneliness I hide

River, oh river, river running deep
Bring me something that will let me get to sleep
In the washing of the water will you take it all away
Bring me something to take this pain away


At 11:52 AM, Blogger graham posited...

A further iteration on the Manslaughter story is that it was "the crime my father was put in prison for", in Manney's words. Of course that's not true, and it was dropped from the story after a while. I often referred to him as Manney "Manslaughter" Anderson, even though he came to be annoyed with the name over the years.


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