Can't Say Goodbye (Ode to Oso)

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Words by Mark L Berry / Music by Don ‘Lefty’ Williams & Cleveland Brown
in Lake St. Louis, MO

Acoustic Version
Words by Mark L Berry / Music by Don ‘Lefty’ Williams & Cleveland Brown
in Lake St. Louis, MO

Recorded at Captain Jefferson’s Studio and Not RIGHT Recording
Jeff Moseley and Lefty Williams – Producers
Performed by:
Deanna Williams – Vocals
Don ‘Lefty’ Williams – Acoustic & Bass Guitar, Drums, Mixing
Cleveland Brown – Master Mixer


Deanna Belting It Out Out of respect we dress in black
Goodbyes under a sky of grey
Time to speak, no words to say
Tired of faking, tired of crying
Tired of lying. “No, I’m not ok”

‘Can’t say goodbye
‘Can’t bear to say goodbye to my buddy Bear
For you my Bear, for you I cry
Can’t understand why you had to die
Oh, I wish you could be here today

Out of respect we dress in black
Out of respect we’re here to pray
Out of respect these words I say
My loving, gentle giant
Forever in my heart you’ll stay

‘Can’t say goodbye
‘Can’t bear to say goodbye to my buddy Bear
For you my Bear, for you I cry
Lefty, John, and Cleveland Can’t understand why you had to die
I wish you could be here today

Out of respect we dress in black
We drop this dirt then can’t look back
But tears still flow ‘cause I can’t let go
Out of time for me and you
Oh, I hope you knew I love you too

‘Can’t say goodbye
‘Can’t bear to say goodbye to my buddy Bear
For you my Bear, for you I cry
Can’t understand why you had to die
I wish you could be here today

Words by Mark L. Berry and
Music by Don ‘Lefty’ Williams & Cleveland Brown © 2006-2009



Please leave your song feedback below


  1. Hi Mark, Another good song and well recorded. Keep it up.

    Love and cheers. Doris

    — Doris Ferguson    Friday, May 15, 2009    #


  2. wonderful wonderful song
    congratulations
    whow not only a pilot!!!!

    — Andreas Streitberger    Thursday, May 14, 2009    #


  3. Nice contrast between a forceful electric version vs the more haunting quality of the unplugged version.

    — Laura Fleckner    Thursday, May 14, 2009    #


  4. I love the jazz guitar.

    — Bill Holmes    Thursday, April 02, 2009    #


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