One of the most touching songs that I’ve ever heard is by Christian country artist Gary Chapman (the former Mr. Amy Grant). The song’s title is “Sweet Jesus”. Though it can be construed as a Christian song, it is really more the tragic story of a bridge that collapsed during a flood. A man in his 80s saw this happen, and dived into the river to see if he could help anyone. He came across a mother struggling to save her baby. He took the baby and swam for the shore. The mother drowned, the old man made the shore but died not long afterwards.
The lyrics are touching and almost heartbreaking. Describing the old man, Chapman (who wrote the song) sings, “He took the child/then he was swimming/like he was 20/he made shoreline/and then he died.” As the man that the baby boy became, Chapman sings “I miss my mother and that brave old man/though I didn’t know them/They are the soul in the man I am…”