"Mr. Walker"

 

Longest stride, biggest mitts I’ve ever known!
His reassuring hand upon your shoulder set the tone,
How could such a man as this be humbled by a tree?
It never quite made sense, but life has no guarantee

I don’t believe that your laughter is gone,
Could the Grim Reaper’s hasty undertaking have been wrong?
Mr. Walker, our students want you to know
You made a real difference and they love the Kevin Walker award

Bright eyes, great big smile!
He’d drop what he was doin’ to help you for awhile
And put you in touch with a person or two,
Always made time that’s what Mr. Walker would do

Mr. Walker loved the out-of-doors,
loved to stretch himself to the limit and feel his spirit soar,
One fateful autumn day, he cut down that tree,
and if he thought of anything “This tree got the better of me!”

Nothing anyone could have done, the tree was several tons,
Whether accident, or time was up, your leaving had begun,
Did you hear the owl call your name?
and did you come face-to-face above this earthly plane?

Bright eyes, great big smile!
He’d drop what he was doin’ to help you for awhile
And put you in touch with a person or two,
Always made time that’s what Mr. Walker would do

And he used to say,
“Play hard, make sure that it’s fun,
For life’s just a game, in the playing you’ve won”

I wonder if you’re more than just a little surprised
at the number of, hearts you’ve touched, had you realized?
and the love and tears in our eyes,
yes I wonder if you were really surprised.

For nine years I’ve been writing this and sometimes you’ve hung around,
Prolonging each and every line and messin’ with the sound,
But Mr. Walker every time I get to sing your song,
I get a shiver up my spine and hear you hummin’ along

Bright eyes, great big smile!
He’d drop what he was doin’ to help you for awhile
And put you in touch with a person or two,
Always made time that’s what Mr. Walker would do

 

 

 

About "Mr. Walker"

This song is a tribute to Mr. Kevin Walker who taught at Hyland Heights Elementary School in Shelburne, Ontario. Kevin was an inspiration to all who knew him.