For his older brother, David Cook did what he does best. He wrote and sang a song. Itâ€™s called Permanent.
â€œAnd I think that song,â€ Cook told IdolChatter in a phone interview last week, â€œis gonna be a cornerstone song for me.â€
Adam Cook, 36, fought brain cancer for 11 years before he passed away last May 2. Prior to his passing, David had composed and recorded Permanent for Adam.
â€œI thought it would be difficult to write it cause I never really thought about it before,â€ Cook said. â€œBut it was surprisingly easy. The music kind of fit a vibe and I was in a great position cause all I seemed to have to do was put it on paper and not even think of anything else.â€
David was on tour last May when his brother died. Adam never got to hear David sing Permanent on stage.
â€œI did not get to sing it for him,â€ David said. â€œHe was never able to make it to a show with the condition he was in.
â€œBut I do know that the record version was played for him a few times.â€
The song itself is not off the Cook playlist entirely, but he doesnâ€™t do it often.
â€œWe havenâ€™t done it in awhile,â€ David admitted. â€œI didnâ€™t want my brotherâ€™s passing to overshadow what the band, the crew, the label are here for and thatâ€™s to make the record successful.
â€œI know my brother wouldnâ€™t want it (Permanent) to take away from that. Weâ€™ll play the song again, Iâ€™m sure, but weâ€™ll give it a little bit of time.â€
David still champions the cause of brain cancer research. On the finale of his yearâ€™s American Idol he sang the song and itâ€™s available on iTunes with a portion of the sale of it put toward brain cancer research.
Following are the lyrics to the song (and a link to a video of it) David wrote for Adam:
Is this the moment where I look you in the eye?
Forgive my broken promise that you`ll never see me cry
And everything, it will surely change even if I tell you I won`t go away today
Will you think that youâ€™re all alone
When no oneâ€™s there to hold your hand?
And all you know seems so far away and everything is temporary rest your head
I know heâ€™s living in hell every single day
And so I ask. oh. God, is there some way for me to take his place
And when they say itâ€™s all touch and go I wish I could make it go away
But still you say
Will you think that youâ€™re all alone when no oneâ€™s there to hold your hand?
When all you know seems so far away and everything is temporary, rest your head
Is the moment where I look you in the eye?
Forgive my promise that youâ€™ll never see me cry