This old Statler Brothers song tells a very touching story. I started to comment on the many layers of meaning I believe are in it, but then I realized that doing so would probably only do the song a huge injustice. I will say that, although I’ve heard the song uncountable times throughout my life, to this day it stirs my emotions and often my tears.
The video is just one still shot, so you won’t be missing anything if you want to play it and then scroll back up to the lyrics and read along.
Now I’ll let the song speak for itself: