Week 428 // Song for My Friend

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Where you going?
Where you going?
Where you going?
What’s that way?

Hear the light split into colors
Each note you play

If you want to it’s okay
To run away to my place

Watch the hand that works the pain
Heed the one that points the way

Even though
The Earth might try to swallow us whole
If it swallows us both
We’ll just stay up all night
And sing to the radio

Bury a word
Bury a word
Bury a word
Try a better one

Try an idea on for size
Wear it with stripes just for fun

Stand in the doorway
And sound a note like the sun

Tell me about your troubles friend
And take your time with each one

Even though
The Earth might try to swallow us whole
If it swallows us both
We’ll just stay up all night
And sing to the radio
If it swallows us both
We can stay up all night
And sing to the radio

Notes
I wrote this song for a dear dear friend who called me up tonight and sounded like he could use a song. If you called me up tonight, I wrote this for you. Maybe you’ll understand it without explanation, or maybe the little bit I’ll offer the general audience by way of these track notes will fill in whatever bits are still confusing. You can call me back some time if you’d like a deeper sense of what I’m telling you.

If you didn’t call me up tonight, I suppose I still owe you some kind of explanation of this song, since you’ve come all the way to this website to hear it. My friend is empathetic and deep and brilliant and creative and original and fun and awesome. He’s also an amazing leader of people, and a fantastically loyal friend. When he’s got trouble on his mind, I do my best to listen, and tell him what makes sense to me. I think he often feels alone in his troubles, but what ails him often reverberates within a deep sore spot in my own heart, echoing my own sorrows and fears. We’re different in a lot of ways, but we’re also alike. Mostly, I wish I could evaporate the demons of the world that stand between my friend and the spectacular truth of his own beauty.

I’ll say this to my friend, and he can take it however he likes: I love you and I love being around you. From time to time, take a look at yourself and try to see what I see.

~M.E.

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One thought on “Week 428 // Song for My Friend

  1. This is what you do so well. You have captured the feeling and the moment. It’s just beautiful and profound. I can see two friends just finding peace in a difficult moment by singing to the radio.

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