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Paula
06-21-2001, 09:10 PM
I got this in an email today from a friend but don't know where it originated...a little plagiarizing I would say.
I am sure everyone will enjoy this story.

Round & Round It Goes

He almost didn't see the old lady, stranded on the side of the road. But even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her. Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn't look safe, he looked poor and hungry.

He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was that chill which only fear can put in you.

He said, "I'm here to help you ma'am. Why don't you wait in the car where it's warm? By the way, my name is Bryan." Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough.

Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt. As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn't thank him enough for coming to her aid. Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. She asked him how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Bryan never thought twice about the money. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way. He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, "...and think of me". He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.

A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The cash register was like the telephone of an out-of-work actor - it didn't ring much.

Her waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn't erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan. After the lady finished her meal, and the waitress went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, the lady slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be, then she noticed something written on the napkin under which was four $100 bills. There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: "You don't owe me anything, I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I'm helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you".

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard. She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, "Everything's gonna be all right; I love you, Bryan."

There is an old saying "What goes around comes around". Today, I send you this story, and I'm asking you to pass it on... Let this light shine. Don't put it under a basket. Please pass this on to a friend.I didn't waste any time in responding to let them know that this was the same storyline as a song Clay Walker released about a year or so ago called The Chain of Love.

Paula

no1cowgirl
06-21-2001, 09:52 PM
:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Good lord.

Krista

loreli
06-21-2001, 10:03 PM
LOL Rip off big time :rolleyes:

Lori

Garthfan92
06-21-2001, 10:21 PM
I'd recognize that storyline anywhere! I love Clay, and it's a shame people have to rip off other people's ideas instead of trying to do something original.

Lisa

Pilgrim
06-22-2001, 06:48 AM
I don't even know the song:o

Brian

Kerri
06-22-2001, 09:23 AM
Hate to break it to you guys, but that's an old story. It's been around for years. I heard the story probably half a dozen times three or four years before Clay released the song. Everytime I read it I always thought it'd make an awesome song. Turns out it did.
Thought I'd share that.

shmlss4gb
06-22-2001, 01:04 PM
I just wanted to give the songwriters their due as far as Clay's song is concerned. "Chain of Love" which Clay recorded was written by Rory Lee and Jonnie Barnett, 2 very awesome songwriters. :)

Terri

no1cowgirl
06-22-2001, 07:45 PM
Kerri-
Actually, come to think of it--you're right! You saying that sparked something in my head....I remember thinking, when "The Chain Of Love" came out, that I had heard the story before. Had read it in an email.



Krista

Paula
06-22-2001, 11:05 PM
Originally posted by Kerri
Hate to break it to you guys, but that's an old story. It's been around for years. I heard the story probably half a dozen times three or four years before Clay released the song. Everytime I read it I always thought it'd make an awesome song. Turns out it did.
Thought I'd share that. Wow, that's interesting...I wonder which came first. Does anyone know when the song was actually written? Terri?

Paula

Kerri
06-23-2001, 08:12 AM
I've always assumed that the story came first. There was no author, no credit of any kind given. So, some smart people, Lee and Barnett, took the idea and made it a song. But that's just my opinion. I've heard several different versions of the story, too. But who knows?

Garthfan92
06-23-2001, 11:19 PM
I was sure there had to be a similar story somewhere. It's just that this one was so identical in some of the wording. It's a great story and lesson though. Reminds me of David Lee Murphy's "The Road You Leave Behind" too. Be kind to others because it will come back around to you someday when you need it.

Lisa

shmlss4gb
06-25-2001, 12:53 PM
"Chain of Love" was registered with BMI in April of 1998. So it was written sometime before then. I have a friend who is friends with Rory. So next time I talk to them, I will have them ask Rory about the song. Not sure how long it will take to find out, but once I do, I'll let you all know.

Terri