“You’ll Never Know”: a love song sung by a 92-year-old man to his dying wife

By Dave Andrusko

youwillneverknowJust when you need it… A steady diet of stories about how pro-abortionists are trying to stifle the voice of the electorate in Tennessee; of how we are rapidly approaching the 15th anniversary of the day the FDA announced approval of the abortifacient RU-486; and of how pro-abortionists in the United States Senate were able to block consideration of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, even though 54 senators voted to take the bill up for debate.

And then…”92-year-old man sings sweet love song to dying wife.”

I found the initial link on AOL, which took me to a beautiful, more in-depth post that appeared in the Huffington Post.

The song is “You’ll never know,” a standard from the 1940s sung by the incomparable Rosemary Clooney. The “singer” is 92-year-old Howard, the tender object of his halting lyrics and failing but sincere voice is Laura, his wife of 73 years.

“You’ll never know,” the Huffington Post’s Dominique Mosberge tells us, was their love song that comforted Laura when her husband went off to fight in World War II.

This precious video, taken at a hospice, was uploaded to Facebook earlier this month by their granddaughter Erin Solari . It has gone viral with more than 3.4 million views.

“Laura (Grandma) is at a hospice facility making peace with her final days,” Solari wrote in a video caption. “I was lucky enough to capture this precious, heart-melting moment between the two of them.” [Solari uploaded the clip on YouTube with added subtitles this past Sunday.]

She tells us that Grandma is nearly blind and Grandpa not too steady on his feet. The whole video is immensely powerful but the tears start to flow when Laura, who is too weak to sing along, valiantly says the words as Howard serenades his bride.

“Moments before this video began, when Grandma heard that Grandpa was in the room, she asked if she could hold him,” Solari wrote. “Grandpa cannot stand on his own, but he immediately pulled his wheelchair close to her bed ready to make it happen. My cousin, Serena, who is a physical therapist, helped him to his feet and held him up throughout the entire song.”

And their love is ever-fresh. “After 50 years of marriage, they renewed their vows and performed this song as a duet for the entire family at the reception,” Solari wrote.

Be sure to watch the video and listen closely. There was a beautiful addendum to the AOL story:

Laura was able to go home after the video was taken. She is spending her final days resting at home with her beloved Howard.