Joey Feek has touched the lives of millions, and continues to do so each day. One Nashville songwriter was so touched by Joey’s story, and her battle with cancer, he decided to pen a song just for her, titling it none other than “Joey’s Song.”
Tyler Hayes revealed the song on YouTube last month, but it has just started getting noticed over the past week or so. As of Sunday, December 20, “Joey’s Song” had been viewed on YouTube over 125,000 times, with the numbers continuing to grow.
“No words could ever appropriately describe what Joey Feek and her family are currently going through. I know if I was standing in front of her right now I would be at a loss for words,” Hayes wrote on Facebook when he first revealed the song. “I wrote this song in order to be a reminder that no matter what happens to Joey in the upcoming weeks, she will NEVER leave her family and those who care about her most. Even though her physical body may be gone, her presence will never leave. I hope this song has a chance to bring comfort and peace to her and her family. Thank you Rich Prather, Crystal Burks-Baker, and Christopher Floyd for all of your help. Without yall, this song would have never been possible. God bless Joey and her family as they go through this time.”
“Joey’s Song” is an obvious tearjerker, with images of Joey Feek and her family appearing in the background as the words are being sung. Below is the words to the chorus:
“I’m not gonna leave you / Lost and lonely / I hope it makes your heart smile / When you think about me / I’ll be right beside you / As you go about your day / And if you ever need me / I’ll be just a prayer away / So please don’t think that we’re through / Because I’m not gonna leave you.”
What’s even more touching than Hayes penning the song especially for Joey is that he plans on donating all of the profits from iTunes to a charity of her choice.
“Also, remember this song is on iTunes with 100% of the proceeds going to a charity of Joey’s choice,” Hayes told his Facebook followers. “I don’t care if that charity is cancer research or watching paint dry, it is her song, it is her choice.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in 2014, three months after giving birth to her daughter, Indiana (Indy). She later underwent a radical hysterectomy and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. It seemed as though Joey was going to beat this “monster” we call cancer. However, a mid-October scan revealed that her cancer had not only returned, but had spread to other parts of her body, including her colon. Because there was nothing left for the doctors to do, Joey made one of the toughest decisions of her life: to stop treatment and enter hospice care. Joey, Rory and Indiana returned to their home so Joey could live out her final days, however many there may be, surrounded by her friends and family.
Since Joey’s diagnosis, Rory Feek, her husband and duet partner, has been documenting her battle with cancer on his blog This Life I Live. On Friday, December 18, Feek wrote a post titled “santa baby,” where he revealed that Santa Clause had visited the Feek residence a bit early this year.
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