April 17, 2001

A GOODBYE NOTE TO JOEY RAMONE FROM PHIL SPECTOR

TO MY BELOVED AND DEAR FRIEND, JOEY RAMONE

Dear Joey:

It is not often in a lifetime that one meets such a beautiful and free Spirit, as you, who so loved life and music; and who did things in his own life, and his own way. And who, when we were working together, taught me that it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye

Losing you like this is so very hard to understand, and there are no words that can truly ease the pain. And though there is great sadness in parting with someone as dear to my heart as you were, I find some comfort, as I hope your family does, in the thought that you, our beloved Joey, are now in a place of peace.

I want you to know that I, and everyone else whose life you touched, will always think of you in the most loving way, and with deep gratitude and appreciation for the very spiritual essence of love and caring that you brought into our lives. And what the heat has seen, it can see again in a memory. For memories are gifts left to us by our loved ones. And I shall be sustained by your gifts Joey. And even though I am crying for you, I know if the eyes had no tears, the soul would have no rainbow.

And, I would be remiss if I did not mention to you that my little boy Phillip Jr. is up there waiting for you. So look for him, Joey. And you'll know him right away. Just look and listen for the loudest little angel and that's him. I know the two of you will take good care of each other.

And so my dearly beloved Joey, if I may quote, and paraphrase from Antoine de Saint-Exupery, "In one of the stars you shall be living. In one of them you shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when I look at the sky at night.

" Goodbye Joey. May you have eternal peace, and God bless you.

Your devoted, and loving friend,

PHIL SPECTOR