"Give Me the Roses While I Live," sang The Carter Family.
The state Senate just did that for outgoing Speaker Ben Lujan, who is not seeking re-election because he is suffering from lung cancer.
Senators from both political parties made emotional speeches thanking him for his service to the state and for personal kindnesses he showed through his lengthy career.
There weren't many dry eyes on the Senate floor.
This one's for you, Mr. Speaker: