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Monday, February 19,2001

 

       I don't want to say Goodbye .......

 

Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared beneath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known you'd ever say goodbye
And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance
Holding you I held everything
For a moment wasn't I the king
But if I'd only known how the king would fall
Hey who's to say you know I might have changed it all
And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance
Yes my life is better left to chance
I could have missed the pain but I'd of had to miss the dance

Dear Mr. Earnhardt,

   Since 1979 I have watched you race, you raced like nobody I had ever seen before. You had a determination like no other, a desire, a yearning, you believed in yourself and you had the will to be the best at what you were doing. You will never know .... you were so much more. Over the years I realized that you were my hero, somebody that I could look up to. Somebody said today that you were like Superman, when I heard that I kind of smiled and realized that you were, in a sense, that Super Hero. Dale just about everybody can tell you that songs say a lot for me, here are just a couple that I'd like to dedicate to you.

 

If I can see it, then I can do it
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it
 

I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly
(Oh) I believe I can fly

See I was on the verge of breaking down
Sometimes the silence can seem so loud
There are miracles in life I must achieve
But first I know it starts inside of me

And Dale you did fly, higher than anyone ever imagined you would.

    Dale, this second song reminds me of yesterday's race, you know, when you were blocking everybody, keeping them away from Michael Waltrip and Dale Jr., it's what parenting is all about, standing back and letting our children shine ..... the words pretty much sum it all up ....... I don't think I ever told you that you were my hero either, but you are and you will always be my hero, no matter where you are.

It must have been cold there in my shadow,
to never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine, that's your way.
You always walked a step behind.

So I was the one with all the glory,
while you were the one with all the strain.
A beautiful face without a name for so long.
A beautiful smile to hide the pain.

Did you ever know that you're my hero,
and everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
for you are the wind beneath my wings.

It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
but I've got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
I would be nothing without you.

Did you ever know that you're my hero?
You're everything I wish I could be.
I could fly higher than an eagle,
for you are the wind beneath my wings.

Did I ever tell you you're my hero?
You're everything, everything I wish I could be.
Oh, and I, I could fly higher than an eagle,
for you are the wind beneath my wings,
'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

Oh, the wind beneath my wings.
You, you, you, you are the wind beneath my wings.
Fly, fly, fly away. You let me fly so high.
Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.
Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.

Fly, fly, fly high against the sky,
so high I almost touch the sky.
Thank you, thank you,
thank God for you, the wind beneath my wings.

Mr. Earnhardt you were so much to so many people, I didn't realize that until today.  I can't imagine what the races will be like without you. I honestly never thought the day would come when you were not there. What happened yesterday made me realize that someone can be taken in an instant, you are never promised tomorrow, you are never even promised the next second and knowing that has made me think that I should take advantage of every second that I'm given ........ to let the people that are dearest to me know how much they mean to me.

Dale, I don't want to say goodbye, so I won't. I'll just simply say .......... "until we meet again". Leave knowing that you had a great impact on so many lives and that you are leaving behind a wonderful legacy for people to carry on and live up to. We'll all miss you, that goes without saying, you cannot be replaced by any means, and in our hearts and minds you will live on, forever. Race day will never be quite the same. Thank you for being you ......... we wouldn't have wanted you any other way.

Dale .......... it's time to spread your wings and fly away, we'll all be okay so don't worry. Your fans will never forget you and we'll always love you.

Forever your fan,

MsSlickł aka Paula

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