Song for a Highly Valued Colleague Who Is Leaving the Organization to Pursue an Exciting New Opportunity (or, Go Do What You Gotta Do)

We hear you’re leaving, well, we won’t be grieving
So go on, just go on and go
We’ll stay behind and you’ll melt from our mind
Like a screen saver picture of snow

Ours was a team like an internet meme
An unstoppable panda bear sneeze
But when you’re gone, we’ll restart and go on
Like a workstation after a freeze

Yes, you’re the real deal, but that don’t mean we’ll feel
Abandoned or frightened or blue
We’ll clear the cache, drag your name to the trash
You can go do what you gotta do

Most corporations and organizations
Don’t need one particular guy
Someone gets fired and someone gets hired
And everyone somehow gets by

Staffers and bosses adjust to the losses
And HR repairs the machine
No one’s unique — well, at least, so to speak
Whatever, you know what I mean

Just cause you’re clever don’t mean that we’ll never
Find someone as brilliant as you
We’ll just replace you, we’ll copy and paste you
So go do what you gotta do

We wish you well and I’m sure you can tell
We’re not gonna beg you to stay
Daydream believer and coffee achiever
Be happy, and be on your way

We didn’t plan this, but we understand it
You just need to try something new
And when I say that we’ll all be okay
Well, that’s probably true
So go do what you gotta do