The Day My Goldfish Died

RonNby Brad Nelson7/27/15
I want to introduce another one of Ron’s songs to you. This is his newest. This is not just his little brother talking, but I think this is first-rate. (Right or wrong, when am I not objective?) And his singing is splendid on this…smooth, expressive.

This song was produced by a three-time Emmy winner as well as a Tony winner. I won’t drop names, but perhaps Ron will give you further production details if I can get him on here.

Can’t you hear Peter, Paul, and Mary doing this? Great stuff. Enjoy. I’m very proud of Brother Ron. I hope he puts together an entire album of children’s songs. And I’m still trying to drag the details out of him regarding the inspiration for this song: Whose goldfish? When? Where? Etc.

Lyrics to come when I can get them, but unlike many songs, you can actually understand the words as he sings them. Don’t try that with REM, for instance.

The Day My Goldfish Died


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10 Responses to The Day My Goldfish Died

  1. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    This must be a metaphor for today’s Left. The only problem is the singer appears to have learned that action, or in his case inaction, has consequences. He had his “ah hah!” moment.

    Very well done.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    He is a good singer, and the song does make a point when he realizes that his failure to take adequate care of the goldfish killed it.

    I’ve never had goldfish (or any other aquatic pets). We had cats, at least one dog, and parakeets. And we’ve had a lot of dead pets over the years. I can still remember how I felt when I read the first scene at the burial ground in King’s Pet Sematary — and that was a year after my previous pet (a cat, Gregory) had died. (Gregory had very bad cancers; they opened him, learned this, and recommended that he never be woken up. I had already said good-bye the night before, strongly suspecting that it would be the last time I saw him.) I can also my obituary for my next cat, Francesca, back in 2001 (cribbed heavily from Heinlein’s The Door Into Summer).

  3. Anniel says:

    Your brother has a great voice and it is so nice to have clearly sung lyrics. That song would make such a teachable children’s song, while also teaching the parents.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Thanks, Annie. And Ronald certainly has eked out just a little more understanding regarding the problem of evil, which is the central theme of this song.

      Yep. Sometimes the bad stuff that happens is our fault. You’ve heard the parable. A guy is adrift in the ocean. He pleads, “Lord, please help me.” He’s a man of deep, deep faith. There’s a passing ship, but he doesn’t bother to try to flag it down. Then there’s a passing helicopter, but instead of shooting off a flare, he trusts to the Lord.

      Finally, the man drowns. He meets the Lord in heaven and says, “Lord, why didn’t you rescue me when I called?” “Well, I sent you a ship and a plane.”

      For better or for worse, we live in a universe where your goldfish will die if you don’t feed him and change the water frequently. And your heart has to go out to those who suffer misfortune. No parable cures a broken leg, a broken heart, or a broken soul. But at the end of the day, there has to be an understanding that the most broken thing of all is trying to construct a society that has the expectation that no goldfish will ever die (and if he does, it’s somebody else’s fault), that the need for being personally responsible can be transcended.

  4. Rosalys says:

    Nice, clear, articulate voice, which is good since the words to his songs are so worth hearing. I listened to them all.

    “Outside the temple the people play bingo,
    While the trains roll on to Auschwitz, to the song that we all know.”

    Yep. Sadly, that just about sums it all up.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I’m sure with some encouragement, Ron will write more. And I’m sure without any encouragement whatsoever, he’ll do the same. 🙂 But an artist always can use a little feedback.

      I’m begging him to write a killer song about the absurdity of the tattoo craze. But it’s so easy to be one of the nattering nabobs in the peanut gallery. It’s much tougher to have to actually write the song and lyrics. Perhaps I will get to work on some lyrics and then he might comply.

  5. Rosalys says:

    I sent my brother the link to The Organ Grinder and I just noticed that he posted it on his FB page. (I no longer do FB, but I occasionally access through my husband’s.) Just doing what little I can to help get your brother’s name out there. He has a real talent.

  6. James Deaton says:

    Beautiful song beautifully sung. Puts me in mind of Woody Guthrie’s songs for children, but more polished. More philosophy behind it than you first think.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Yes. I told brother Ron that I was genuinely impressed with this song. Sure, Sinatra singing it would make it better. But when hasn’t that ever been the case? 😀 But seriously, brother or no brother, I think this is a splendid song. Glad you like it as well, James.

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