Knowing he only had months to live, this 18 y.o. kid wrote a beautiful song

Zach Sobiech, a Minnesota teen who wrote a viral hit, “Clouds,” after finding out he was diagnosed with a fatal form of bone cancer at 14, died today at 18.  Zach released the song in December of 2012, knowing he only had months to live.

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Below is his music video, “Clouds.” First a bit from People about his passing today:

Minnesota teen Zach Sobiech, who wrote the viral hit “Clouds” during his bone-cancer fight, died Monday morning. He was 18.

“With heavy hearts” the Children’s Cancer Research Fund announced the news on its website, writing, “Zach was at home and at peace with those he loved most. Zach’s life ended just as he lived, embraced by the love of his family, friends, grace and music.”

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Sobiech, who celebrated his 18th birthday on May 3, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when he was 14, and was told by doctors last June that he had possibly less than a year to live. That December, he released “Clouds.” The song about facing death got more than three million YouTube views. Just this month, Rainn Wilson led a group of celebrities lip-syncing in a moving tribute video.

Here’s the video, and below are the lyrics:

Lyrics to Clouds, by Zach Sobiech:

Well I fell down, down, down
Into this dark and lonely hole
There was no one there to care about me anymore.
And I needed a way to climb and grab a hold of the edge.
You were sitting there holding a rope.

And we’ll go up, up, up
But I’ll fly a little higher.
We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer.
Up here my dear,
It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now.

When I get back on land,
Well I’ll never get my chance.
Be ready to live and it’ll be ripped right out of my hands.
Maybe someday we’ll take a little ride
We’ll go up, up, up and everything will be just fine.

And we’ll go up, up, up
But I’ll fly a little higher.
We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer.
Up here my dear,
It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now

If only I had a little bit more time.
If only I had a little bit more time with you.

We could go up, up, up
And take that little ride.
We’ll sit there holding hands
And everything would be just right.
And maybe someday I’ll see you again,
We’ll float up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end.

And we’ll go up, up, up
But I’ll fly a little higher.
We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer.
Up here my dear,
It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now.


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  • http://translation.gmrtranscription.com/ Beth Worthy

    Yes indeed, such stories about beautiful human beings makes
    one wonder what it is that we are fighting for, all our lives. Is all that
    really worth it! Zach’s poem is so beautiful and intense. We must value and
    respect the time we have here. RIP Zach.

  • Jimmy

    A really nice song. Knowing the reason behind the song makes it a little sad, but the song itself is rather uplifting. That was probably the point.

  • http://buddybest.tripod.com/index.html BuddyNovinski

    Osteosarcoma ultimately killed Terrance Stanley Fox in June 1981, yet there are Terry Fox runs all through Canada every September, and the Terry Fox Foundation continues to lead the way to cure childhood cancer. It’s ironic, but I was just explaining the Terry Fox story yesterday to someone who wasn’t even born at the time.

  • Rob

    It’s reali-life stories like these that make all the hyped-up non-issues of this world simply fade away. Zach met his diagnosis and the terminal nature of his untreatable illness with a level of courage that few of us ever achieve. R.I.P. Zach.

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