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Miguelitos Little Green Car-7550

Paying Tribute With Tad
Featuring Tad Hargrave
Founder of MarketingforHippies.com
March 14, 2014
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Tad was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and has a deep and growing love for his home city. On March 11th, 2014, while walking home from downtown across the High Level Bridge, he found Mark Carlson standing on the other side of the rail, ready to jump. He reached out to him. But after five minutes, Mark, tragically, jumped to his death. Mark was a good man, full of love for people who loved to bring his family together. Four days later, Tad was able to join his family and friends at Mark’s funeral and share a song he’d written and tell his loved ones the story of what happened that night. In one hand, he is holding Miguelito’s Little Green Car. In his other, a candle delivered by a friend that Tad will light whenever he is with a friend who is struggling deeply so that Mark can be there to lend the solace he couldn’t find when he was alive.

Tad wrote a song for Mark. It’s called Hold On Tight in the mix below.

Here are the lyrics:

Don’t Let Go
 
10:30pm.
a Tuesday night before the Spring
March 11th.
2014
I saw him there
Just like you see me here
On the High Level Bridge
No one else was near
He was standing on the outside of the bridge’s guard
It’s where people go sometimes when life is hard
 
He said, “I’m going to hell for all the things I’ve done”
His demons had him on the run
And they’d driven him to this bridge tonight
Parked his truck under the lights
 
I asked, “What’s your name?”
He said, “My name is Mark.”
I said, “Sometimes, we get lost in the dark… but…”
 
Don’t let go
Of the ones you love
Hold on tight.
Hold on tight.
The winter’s cold, but the Spring is winning
The smell of lilac’s soon, a new beginning
Hold on tight, just little longer
Maybe tomorrow, you’ll feel stronger.
 
You’re on the wrong side of that fence my friend
This ain’t how it’s supposed to end.
I know you want to make it work, to make it better, to make it right
Just hang on to your railing against the night.”
Then he let go and I watch him fall
But I think he wanted me to tell you all.
 
Don’t let go
Of the ones you love
Hold on tight.
Hold on tight.
The winter’s cold, but the Spring is winning
The smell of lilac’s soon, a new beginning
Hold on tight, just little longer
Maybe tomorrow, you’ll feel stronger.
 
I won’t let go
Of that night we met
Of your last words
And I won’t forget …
 
That you didn’t want me to see you fall
That you wanted to say ‘I’m sorry’ to them all
That you were a good man trapped by darker skies
I could see it in your eyes
 
And if they ask me
What happened that night
I’ll tell the truth
“A good man lost a fight.”
The night is dark
But now I look at the stars
In between them all
That’s where I know you are
 
I’m not here, to tell you why
But I hope this song can help you cry
i wish it had been someone with some better words
maybe something he could have heard
 
I tried so hard to save your friend
But I lost him in the end
No one should go into that night alone
Someone should be there until you make it home
This world is broken through and through
And the breaking leaves its scars inside of you
So…
 
Don’t let go
Of the ones you love
Hold on tight.
Hold on tight.
The winter’s cold, but the Spring is winning
The smell of lilac’s soon, a new beginning
Hold on tight, just little longer
Maybe tomorrow, you’ll feel stronger.
 
– Tad Hargrave

 
Tad shared this quote:

One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own.
 
-John O’Donohue, Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong

 
Those who want to be a part of weaving a more beautiful community can follow Tad’s work at www.thelocalgood.ca.

Tad performs professional level close up magic.
He’s done improv comedy with Rapid Fire Theatre since 1992.
He founded www.streetcarshows.com in 1992.
He’s interested in the exploration of how white people can reclaim their indigeneity and has written about it at http://tadhargrave.blogspot.ca.
He’s a “HUGE” Doctor Who nerd and founded Edmonton’s live improvised Doctor Whom show. See http://www.facebook.com/DoctorWhomYeg.

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