For Old Friends

This one’s for the ones who didn’t keep in touch
Those who wandered off into the forest of war
Those who wondered how I was but didn’t call
Those who I loved once upon a distant shore

This one’s for the guys I went to school with
And those girls who married up and moved on
Those who had to get out of our hometown
Those who are missing, those who are gone

I miss you more than you will ever know
I think of you and the memories we made
On those dirt roads out by the beach
At the house parties, drinking lemonades
If you ever get out to my neck of the woods
If you ever want to come over, let’s talk
I promise to pay attention to your observations
And it’ll feel like we just took a nature walk

Did you think of me at all when you were striving
To make the cut, the grade, or knit that shawl?
Did you get to ski that trail you couldn’t back then?
Did you ever learn to hit that golf ball?

Did you fall in with the wrong crowd?
Did everything seem to fall right in place?
I wouldn’t know cause we’re not talking now
We could get on Portal so I’d see your face

I miss you more than you will ever know
I think of you and the memories we made
On those dirt roads out by the beach
At the house parties, drinking lemonades
If you ever get out to my neck of the woods
If you ever want to come over, let’s talk
I promise to pay attention to your observations
And it’ll feel like we just took a nature walk

Now, maybe you’ve seen some of my lyrics
I’ve been posting a lot on my writing website
But don’t believe everything you read on it
I’ve been struggling to sleep through the night

I worry about all those things we've been through
If we could pick up where we left off back then
Cause I don’t know about you, but it’s been hard
I really would like to chat with you, dear old friends

Oh, I’d really love to chat with you, dear old friends

March 7, 2021

Published by Matthew Kenneth Gray

American Songwriter

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