For some reason, songs reflecting loss, sadness and/or regret affect me in ways most popular songs don’t. Songs about (romantic) love being found, lost or betrayed usually do little for me. The song Andy written by Don McGlashan and Harry Sinclair is perhaps one of the most powerful and moving songs I have heard about the loss of a sibling, both musically and lyrically.
The song was released in 1987, performed by the musical/theatrical duo Front Lawn (Don McGlashan and Harry Sinclair), and was ranked at 82 in the APRA Top 100 New Zealand Songs of All Time published in 2011.
Andy, who was almost five years older than Don McGlashan, died when Don was 15.
Lyrics to Andy
Let's take a walk along the beach before the tide comes in. You sure missed one hell of a party last night. I was just disappointed, That the rest of the family won't even mention your name. Yeah, I know you didn't mean to let me down last night. Andy, don't keep your distance from me, Andy, don't keep your distance from me. So you didn't make it back in time for the birthday boy. I know things can't stay the same year after year. Take a look at this beach now, There isn't much left of the place we knew when we were kids, When we used to go diving from the rocks over there. Andy, don't keep your distance from me, Andy, don't keep your distance. What'd you say we go up North Head? Try to catch the sailing races? Can you believe this place? Well can you? They're making money out of money here. They're making buildings out of glass. Their kids look like they stepped out of fashion magazines, But none of it's going to last. A man gets angry, but what can you do? Don't know why I'm telling all this to you, On Takapuna beach. On Takapuna beach. On Takapuna beach. On Takapuna beach I can still see you. I can let myself pretend you're still around. I turned 28 last night. If you were still alive you you'd be just short of 33. If only you could see your hometown now. Andy, don't keep your distance from me, Andy, don't keep your distance from me.