Ireal C. Mitchell
May 9, 1994 - August 8, 2016


Baby Boy

by Antoinette Mitchell, Carmen Abelson, Joe Bauer, Rebecca Boelzner, and Laura Pitkin


I carried Ireal, I knew that he was diff’rent from the very start
He was always with me, now I think about him ev’ry night and day
My youngest son, he was always asking me “what?” and “why?”
So well known by ev’ryone and I’ll be loving you always

Baby boy, he was a joy
Baby boy, he was a joy
Ireal, Ireal

The love that he had, indescribable, and I believe that love conquers all
It’s a ride that I’ll take ‘til the very end; ev’ry day I do a little bit better
Refuse to let this be a part of normal, to talk about my boy in the past
The weight, the depth, so much to bear, but I’ll be loving you always

Baby boy, he was a joy
Baby boy, he was a joy
Ireal, Ireal

No need to pack my luggage, please no suitcase for me, I’m goin’ on a getaway where all expense is free. Yes, leave my shiny diamonds and the glitter of my gold, don’t worry about my bank account nor the name stitched on my clothes. I’m goin’ on a getaway, reserved especially for me, deluxe with all the fixins’, a crown and robe for me. I’m goin’ on a great escape to live a life so grand, even if my departure ain’t on a day you planned. I’m goin’ to a peaceful place where happy I will be, so don’t you cry nor wonder why this trip was planned for me. A one way flight to heaven I’m leavin’ you in prayer, I’m boarded up in my first class and hope to see you there. Every day that I’m away, I know you’ll think of me, but please my love don’t fret too long, why cry for a soul set free?

You live on through your baby girl, Iyanna, she’s so much like you
The time we all shared spent together; I’m grateful for the years that we had
Started wearing your name to keep you with me, so I would never forget
I cherish your life and ev’rything you were and I’ll be loving you always

Baby boy, he was a joy
Baby boy, he was a joy
Ireal, Ireal

For all the baby boys, come together, stand up for what is right!…