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Sweet Lorraine: A 75 year long love song

Fred Stobaugh, 95 years old, is not a musician. In fact “Sweet Lorraine” is his first song. A month after Fred lost his wife of 75 years he saw a contest being held by Green Shoe Studios. The contest involved being a singer/song writer and sending the studio a video of your song.

75 years of love
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Fred doesn’t sing or know how to write music. Instead he sent in the lyrics to “Sweet Lorraine” into the studio on a large manila envelope. The studio told Fred that his submission didn’t meet the contest guidelines but they still wanted to make his dream come true.

Green Shoe studios hired a professional musician to write the music and sing the song which they professionally recorded and hand delivered to Fred. According to NBC "She gave me 75 years of her life," Stobaugh said in an online documentary.

Fred’s heartfelt lyrics:

"Oh sweet Lorraine, I wish we could do all the good times over again," the song starts. "Oh sweet Lorraine, life only goes around once, but never again. ... The memories always linger on. Oh sweet Lorraine, I don't want to move on. ... that's why I wrote this song."

The studio decided to make a documentary of the entire process. So far the video has over 5 million hits. It also has nearly one million Facebook shares.