Kate Micucci of the comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates wrote a beautiful send-off song to the late, greatly missed Mister Rogers at the time of his passing in 2003. With a new kids album coming out, Micucci partnered with composer Justin James and Orchid Quartet to put her original lyrics to music and artist Robin Gonsalves to animate her original drawings for the video. The result is a heartwarming music video that pays a lovely tribute to the great man who taught so many young children and their parents the meaning of kindness and empathy.
The first single from my upcoming album is out today. I wrote this song after hearing the news that one of my heroes, Mister Rogers, had passed away. 20 years later I’m so happy the song is out there in the world.
The lyrics hark back to the most wonderful things about Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and the song is sung in a style similar to the show’s opening song.
So long, old friend
Til we meet again
I liked you right from the start
Your patient ways
Filled my sunny days
You’ll always be in my heart
Never forget the time you taught me how to tie my shoes
How could we ever lose I have one wish
That I could feed your fish while you’re gone
But I’m sure they’re doing fine
Your cotton sweaters
Nobody wore them better than you
You were the man
A trip to the Land of Make Believe
Was where we’d like to be
Daniel Tiger and King Friday X the Owl lived in a tree
And so, so long I’ll just keep singing this song and when I do
I’ll think of you I say thank you
For being my neighbor