Hope you’ve got some Kleenex nearby. Glen Campbell’s camp just shared a new song off his final project, aptly titled “Adiós.” Though the country star is still here with us physically, his mental decline from Alzheimer’s rendered him unfit to continue music.
But thankfully, Campbell approached the situation with dignity and class. He chose to record a bunch of music back in 2012 right after his farewell tour.
Now, you can hear one of the songs off the album, the heartfelt (and slightly heartbreaking) “Adiós.” Linda Ronstadt took the song into the top 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart back in 1990.
“Don’t think that I’m ungrateful,” Campbell sings in his classic, smooth voice. “And don’t look so morose. Adiós.”
But according to songwriter Jimmy Web, “Adios” holds a dear place in both of their hearts that predates Ronstadt’s version. He and Campbell used to play the song all the time.
“We played it in dressing rooms, hotels, we played it over at his house, we played it at my house,” Webb tells Rolling Stone Country. “He always loved that song. I heard ‘Adiós’ this morning and my wife and I both broke down and cried all over this hotel room. It’s the first time we ever heard it.”
Longtime band member and Campbell’s friend Carl Jackson produced the sessions that led to Adiós. “I stood right beside him on every line, printed out the lyrics in big print,” Jackson says. “Sometimes we had to do a line at a time because with Alzheimer’s, his memory of the lyrics, as we saw in the tour he had to use teleprompters, that went away pretty quick. But his melodies did not go away for a long time after his ability to remember actual songs. He would even remember what keys he did them in. I can’t explain it.”
Glen Campbell’s final studio album, Adiós, comes out June 9.