The "Hotel Melanoma" moniker is a metaphor for living with my particular brand of cancer. Except for those lucky few of us deemed "cured", all we cancer survivors are guests of one of the many, many branded hotels in the "Hotel Carcinoma" chain. We can check out any time we like, but we can never leave. Meanwhile, let's be livin' it up; and please support cancer education, prevention, and treatment research.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Happy Anniversary To Me

Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of this blog. So it seems like a fitting occasion for me to butcher the most overplayed classic rock song ever recorded, Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”…

Here's a laddie who's sure he’ll get critters in moles
And be hitting all fairways in heaven
If he gets there he knows, if the doors are all closed
It’s the words he wrote that he’s payin’ for
Ooh, ooh, then he's missing all fairways in heaven

Bares his hide and shows all but he wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes docs botch skin screenings
For Black C is a crook, there's a wrong word it brings
Sometimes all of those stats are misleading
Ooh, C makes me wonder
Ooh, C makes me wonder

There's a feeling I get when I hook to new meds
And my spirit is crying for healing
Thanks to docs I have seen rings of smoke from IVs
And the voices of those who came running
and C makes me wonder
really makes me wonder

And it's whispered that soon if we all sing C’s tune
Then big donors will bring a new season
And a new day will dawn for those who tanned long
And this Hotel will echo with laughter

If you still hustle for your tan glow, you’re doing harm now,
It's just a warning from the blog scene
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on
Ooh, it makes C wander
Ooh, Ooh, it makes C wander

Those beds are humming and your moles grow, in case you don't know
Oz doctor’s calling you to join him
Dear lady can't you fear your skin glow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the blistering skin

And as we wind on down this road
Our derm docs worry ‘bout our moles
There stalks a Black C we all know
Which shines bright light and wants to grow
Oh “just skin cancer’s” gettin’ old
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
We’re all for one and one for all, yeah
To sing our rock and share our souls.

And that tanning’s the stairway to heaven

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  1. Happy anniversary Rich! Keep on blogging! I don't comment often but I read every one!

  2. Great adaptation of the song. One of my favorites from my teen years. You are so talented and we all enjoy reading your songs so much. Keep up the good work. And many more anniversary celebrations to come.

  3. Thanks, I really appreciate the encouragement!