“And a door-sign keeps the world away…behind the shades…of your silent day”

Broadway Hotel – Al Stewart (1976) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Broadway Hotel” was released on Al Stewart’s seventh studio album, Year Of The Cat, in the summer of 1976. This is one of those rare records where just about every single song is a favorite! I have several very old videos started for tracks from this album and decided to dust one off and finish it…..here it is; “Broadway Hotel”.

This particular video had stalled way back because I could never decide if the “Broadway Hotel” is a place of opulent sadness or decrepit sadness. Early on I tried different takes and preferred the opulent hotel scenery (lost quite a bit at final edit), but of course I could only find a sign for a decidedly not very fancy “Broadway H(M)otel”…decided to use a little of both!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!! And of course as always…thanks to all who watch and support my little vids! :-)

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Hair and Makeup Artist

http://leahrosebriody.com/

(Beautiful black and white from “The Bell Boy”)
An amazing artist…check out her work!

[Lyrics]
You told the man in the Broadway Hotel
Nothing was stranger than being yourself
And he replied, with a tear in his eye
Love was a rollaway
Just a cajole away
Mist on a summer’s day
Nothing was clear
Love was a smile away
Just a defile away
I sought it every way
No-one came near

You asked the man for a room with a view
Nothing was said as he stared at his shoe
Then he replied as he gave you the key
Love was a rollaway
Just an unfold away
That’s all there is to say
No-one came near

Alone in your room you hide
As the night rolls by
In the street outside
And you feel over the words he said
Till they turn to rain all around your head

You’re seeking a hideaway
Where the light of day
Doesn’t touch your face
And a door-sign keeps the world away
Behind the shades
Of your silent day.

You made your home in the Broadway Hotel
Room service came at the push of a bell
And the man said as he put down the tray
Love was a stealaway
Just a reveal away
I tried to find a way
Nothing was clear
Then as he turned away
You asked the man to stay
He was there all the day
No-one came near

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Vincent – Don McLean (1971) Remastered HQ Audio HD Video

Vincent – Don McLean (1971) Remastered HQ Audio HD Video

“Vincent” was released on Don McLean’s second studio album, American Pie, in the fall of 1971. American Pie is listed in the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book….this track and of course the title track are probably the two main reasons for it’s inclusion, but it’s a very strong album overall.

This video came about because I’ve been trying to make something happen for “American Pie” (surely one of the songs that had the greatest impact in my earliest remembrances of rock and roll music….when I was maybe 10 or 11 I’d stay up all night to hear “American Pie” or “Space Oddity” or other favorites from those early years), but I’m struggling, so I thought I’d make one for my second favorite track from the album.

This is a special one….musically and lyrically, it’s an astonishingly beautiful song. I was inspired to make this video when I came across a painting by Alex Ruiz called “Starry Night”…a homage he painted thinking about the sky Vincent van Gogh was under when he painted his “Starry Night” in 1889. (He is an amazing artist and this print is for sale at the link below…check it out!) Happy to work it up…..hope you enjoy the effort!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!!

SPECIAL THANKS:
Starry Night by Alex Ruiz

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/alex-ruiz.html

[Lyrics]
Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul

Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land

Now, I understand, what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue

Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand

Now, I understand, what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now

For they could not love you
But still your love was true
And when no hope was left inside
On that starry, starry night

You took your life as lovers often do
But I could have told you, Vincent
This world was never meant for one
As beautiful as you

Starry, starry night
Portraits hung in empty halls
Frame less heads on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the world and can’t forget

Like the strangers that you’ve met
The ragged men in ragged clothes
The silver thorn of bloody rose
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

Now, I think I know what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they’re not listening still
Perhaps they never will

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“Changes” – Black Sabbath’s greatest ballad from the fall of 1972….hope you’ve made it through them o.k.

Changes – Black Sabbath (1972) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Changes” was released in the fall of 1972 on Black Sabbath’s fourth studio album, Vol. 4.

I’ve always loved this beautiful ballad and it reminds me of an old friend who used to frequently play it on her piano. We’ve all gone through so many changes through the years….but the music we loved remains a glorious constant.

***WIKI:
Vol. 4 sees Black Sabbath beginning to experiment with the heavy sound they had become known for. In June 2013 Mojo declared, “If booze and dope had helped fuel Sabbath’s earlier albums, Vol. 4 is their cocaine…Despite their spiraling addictions, musically Vol. 4 is another ambitious outing. The band’s heavy side remains intact on the likes of ‘Tomorrow’s Dream’, ‘Cornucopia’ and the seismic ‘Supernaut’ (a firm favorite of Frank Zappa’s, featuring Bill Ward’s soul-inspired breakdown), but the guitar intro on ‘St. Vitus Dance’ possesses a jaunty, Led Zeppelin-flavored quality, while ‘Laguna Sunrise’ is an evocative neo-classical Iommi instrumental.” “Laguna Sunrise” is aptly titled; after being up all night and watching the sunrise at Laguna Beach, Iommi composed the song. In the studio, an orchestra was brought in to accompany Iommi’s guitar, although the orchestra refused to perform until their parts were properly written out. The same orchestra also performed on the track “Snowblind”.

Musically, the song “Snowblind” is perhaps the band’s most blatant ode to cocaine, their drug of choice during this period. Snowblind was also the album’s working title, but Vertigo Records executives were reluctant to release an album with such an obvious drug reference as its title. The album’s liner notes also thank “the great COKE-cola”, another blatant ode to the band’s cocaine use. In his autobiography Osbourne notes, “For me, Snowblind was one of Black Sabbath’s best-ever albums – although the record company wouldn’t let us keep the title, ‘cos in those days cocaine was a big deal, and they didn’t want the hassle of a controversy. We didn’t argue.”

Although most of the album’s songs are in the band’s trademark heavy style, others demonstrate a more sensitive approach which the band had never attempted before. Perhaps the best example of this experimentation can be heard in the song “Changes”. Written by Iommi with lyrics composed by Butler, it is entirely in the form of a piano ballad with mellotron. Iommi taught himself to play the piano after finding one in the ballroom of the Bel-Air mansion they were renting. It was on this piano that the song “Changes” was composed. “With ‘Changes’, Tony just sat down at the piano and came up with this beautiful riff,” Osbourne writes in his memoir, “I hummed a melody over the top, and Geezer wrote these heartbreaking lyrics about the break-up Bill was going through with his wife. I thought that was brilliant from the moment we recorded it.”

The track “FX” came about unexpectedly in the studio. After smoking hashish, the crucifix hanging from Iommi’s neck accidentally struck the strings of his guitar and the band took an interest in the odd sound produced. An echo effect was added and the rest of the band proceeded to hit the guitar with various objects to generate odd sound effects. Iommi calls the song “a total joke”. The album, Tony Iommi told Circus’s sister magazine Circus Raves, “was such a complete change – we felt we had jumped an album, really…We had tried to go too far.”
***END WIKI.

[Lyrics]
I feel unhappy
I feel so sad
I’ve lost the best friend
That I ever had

She was my woman
I loved her so
But it’s too late now
I’ve let her go

I’m going through changes

We shared the years
We shared each day
In love together
We found a way

But soon the world
Had its evil way
My heart was blinded
Love went astray

I’m going through changes

It took so long
To realize
And I can still hear
Her last goodbyes

Now all my days
Are filled with tears
Wish I could go back
And change these years

I’m going through changes

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Would you join a slow marching band?

Slow Marching Band – Jethro Tull (1982) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Slow Marching Band” was released in the spring of 1982 on Jethro Tull’s 14th studio album, The Broadsword and the Beast. This is one of Ian’s favorite Tull albums and mine too!

The Broadsword and the Beast was the last in the string of 7 albums (starting with Minstrel in the Gallery) that were released in the 7 years between 1975 and 1982 which make up the Jethro Tull albums that I’ve always been most fond of.

I always thought “Slow Marching Band” was such a beautiful and sad song. Thanks as always for checking out the videos….I hope you enjoy it.

Credit and huge thanks to BFI’s clip of Manchester Band of Hope Procession (1901). Please check out more of their amazing channel and incredible videos!

https://www.youtube.com/user/BFIfilms

[Lyrics]
Would you join a slow marching band?
And take pleasure in your leaving
as the ferry sails and tears are dried
and cows come home at evening.

Could you get behind a slow marching band?
And join together in the passing
of all we shared through yesterdays
in sorrows neverlasting.

Take a hand and take a bow.
You played for me; that’s all for now, oh, and never
mind the words just hum along and keep on going.
Walk on slowly — don’t look behind you.
Don’t say goodbye, love. I won’t remind you.

Dream of me as the nights draw cold
still marking time through Winter.
You paid the piper and called the tune
and you marched the band away.

Take a hand and take a bow.
You played for me; that’s all for now, oh, and never
mind the words just hum along and keep on going.
Walk on slowly — don’t look behind you.
Don’t say goodbye, love. I won’t remind you.

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Start the day in a cold December way….Ma Solituda.

Ma Solituda – Catherine Wheel (1997) HQ Audio HD Video

“Ma Solituda” was released on Catherine Wheel’s fourth album, Adam and Eve, in the summer of 1997.

Catherine Wheel are one of the last of my great favorite bands, and their album Adam and Eve is easily one of my top 10 albums of all time (this is the fourth video I’ve made for a track from that album, also did; “Phantom of the American Mother” http://youtu.be/9QkY4trnStg “Thunderbird” http://youtu.be/lKxaGrGemOo and “Goodbye” http://youtu.be/aAx–9vJwlc ….check ‘em if you like this one!) I’ve discussed the band and how much I like them in the earlier videos, so I won’t repeat except to say this album to me had the most Floydian sound and the influence is clear. This song is incredible!

Ma Solituda had an official promotional video released, but it was edited for the single version. I’ve worked that video with effects, edited it to the longer album version of the track, and cleaned it up for HD. Check the original video to see the changes I made. Hope you enjoy the effort and thanks for watching!

…..and if any of the guys from the band are watching, C’mon! and write some new songs and schedule the studio ;-)….you have way more fans now who would love to hear new music from Catherine Wheel!!!!

[Lyrics]
sleep, don’t weep
throw your arms together
slide, don’t lie
we always stick together

start the day
in a cold december way
feel what’s new
it’s december through and through

ma solituda sinks confusion
ma solituda sinks confusion
I fell down

sleep, don’t weep
throw your arms together
slide, don’t lie
we always stick together

start the day in a cold December way
end this day in a stream of celebration

ma solituda sinks confusion
ma solituda sinks confusion
I fell down
I fell down
december never ends, december

ma solituda sinks confusion
ma solituda sinks confusion
ma solituda sinks confusion
I fell down
I fell down

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Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright) – Rod Stewart (1976) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright) – Rod Stewart (1976) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)” was released on Rod Stewart’s seventh studio album, A Night On The Town, in the summer of 1976.

This album will forever remind me of the rainy summer and fall of 1975 that I spent listening to it on an 8-track along, with two other albums (George Harrison’s Extra Texture and Jethro Tull’s Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young to Die!), in an old mail jeep that my dad had given me, my first “car”…not the one I was hoping for, but better than walking! ;-)

The record is full of really great songs, and I especially love “The Killing of Georgie” (Part I and II). I believe it remains Rod Stewart’s best album as it contains the most consistently strong song selection.

Actually I had almost completed a quick video for another track (“Pretty Flamingo”) from this album quite some time back but hadn’t thought about it much until I started this one….might go back soon.

[Lyrics]
Stay away from my window
Stay away from my back door too
Disconnect the telephone line
Relax baby and draw that blind
Kick off your shoes and sit right down
Loosen off that pretty French gown
Let me pour you a good long drink
Ooh baby don’t you hesitate cause
Tonights the night
It’s gonna be alright
Cause I love you girl
Ain’t nobody gonna stop us now
C’mon angel my hearts on fire
Don’t deny your man’s desire
You’d be a fool to stop this tide
Spread your wings and let me come inside
Tonights the night
It’s gonna be alright
Cause I love you girl
Ain’t nobody gonna stop us now
Don’t say a word my virgin child
Just let your inhibitions run wild
The secret is about to unfold
Upstairs before the night’s too old
Tonights the night
It’s gonna be alright
Cause I love you woman
Ain’t nobody gonna stop us now

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You may not need it, but I’m giving you my “Wah-Wah” anyway.

Wah-Wah – George Harrison (1970) 2014 Audio Remaster HD 1080p Video

Wah-Wah” was released in late November of 1970 on George Harrison’s massive musical monument, the 3-album All Things Must Pass. This was George’s first album in the commercial sense and to say he knocked it out of the park would be an understatement.

I have begun videos for many of the tracks from All Things Must Pass (only one completed prior to this one though, “Run Of The Mill”) and there were a couple I thought I’d have finished before “Wah-Wah”, but when Phil Kenzie (the renowned rock and roll saxophone player most famous for his work with Al Stewart (insanely incredible solos on both “Year Of The Cat” and “Time Passages”) asked me to work something up for this track, I moved it to the top of the stack! ;-)

Anyway, “All Things Must Pass” is epic in every sense of the word, and if you were young enough to miss it, and have somehow managed to still not have heard it (and if you’re a serious rock and roll music fan) this album (well two thirds of it anyway, the jams on the 3rd record I listened to exactly once)….you have committed a grave error and I suggest you make amends immediately, find this album and release yourself unto the majesty of what still stands as the greatest solo record ever released by any of The Beatles….John and Paul of course released their share of strong, brilliant albums, but really nothing that can compare to the sheer scale of this record. It has a timeless quality to it and it’s brilliance burns bright through the passing years.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!!! And of course, thank YOU! for watching!

[Lyrics]
Wah-wah
You’ve given me a wah-wah
And I’m thinking of you
And all the things that we used to do
Wah-wah, wah-wah

Wah-wah
You may be such a big star
Being there at the right time
Cheaper than a dime
Wah-wah, you’ve given me your
Wah-wah, wah-wah

Oh, you don’t see me crying
Oh, you don’t hear me sighing

Wah-wah
I don’t need no wah-wah
And I know how sweet life can be
If I keep myself free, wah-wah
I don’t need no wah-wah

Oh, you don’t see me crying
Hey baby, you don’t hear me sighing
Oh, no, no, no, no

Wah-wah
Now I don’t need no wah-wahs
And I know how sweet life can be
If I keep myself free of wah-wah
I don’t need no wah-wah

Wah-wah, wah-wah, wah-wah
Wah-wah, wah-wah, wah-wah
Wah-wah, wah-wah

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These days, I feel my life just like a river running through, the Year of the Cat….♪♫•*¨*•.ღ

Year Of The Cat – Al Stewart (1976) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

***This is a update of my original video from 2013 which I completed for Phil Kenzie (the guy who played the saxophone solo on this track (and “Time Passages”)….and who worked with everyone from The Beatles, Al Stewart, David Bowie, The Eagles, Rod Stewart, Black Sabbath, Alan Parsons….and on and on and on!) Phil has a new tour S.O.S.S. (Save Our Sax Solo) where he and his crack band are going out and playing some of the great rock and roll songs featuring great sax solos! The premiere show was last night (January 15th) in Boca Raton….anyone attending let us know how awesome it was. Hopefully we’ll see more dates announced soon!

For this version of the video I wanted to edit in more bits of the band/video, reduce the repetitiveness (some!), clean up the effects so they show less noise/artifacts (and look even better in HD 1080p), and give it a bit more of the watercolor/paintbrush style I couldn’t quite pull of with the first one.

Year Of The Cat was the title track from Al Stewart’s seventh studio album which was released in the summer of 1976. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and engineered by Alan Parsons.

This song is very special to me….in my top 5 of all time. The songwriting, Al’s vocals, the guitar work is outstanding (Peter White plays the acoustic solo and Tim Renwick follows with the electric solo), Peter Wood’s piano was so important that he received a co-writing credit…..yeah it’s all top-notch work, but I think the thing that really made the song shine and made it such a stand-out classic was that gorgeous, melodic Phil Kenzie sax solo.

The cover design, by Hipgnosis and illustrator Colin Elgie, depicts a woman who has an apparent obsession with cats. She can be seen in the mirror dressing up as a cat for a costume party, and all of the items on her dresser have feline motifs. It’s always a treat to work on videos that feature some of that iconic Hipgnosis artwork…..I couldn’t begin to count the hours I spent scrutinizing some of the incredible Hipgnosis artwork as the record was spinning away on my turntable. I have some very interesting things in the pipe for you other Hipgnosis aficionados out there! Stay tuned.

Special thanks to:
Annika Ritter Photography for her amazing watercolor that was the basis of my concept for the video

http://arfotografie.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/watercolor-portrait/

[Lyrics]
On a morning from a Bogart movie
In a country where they turn back time
You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre
Contemplating a crime

She comes out of the sun in a silk dress
running like a watercolour in the rain
Don’t bother asking for explanations

She’ll just tell you that she came
In the year of the cat

She doesn’t give you time for questions
As she locks up your arm in hers
And you follow
’till your sense of which direction
Completely disappears

By the blue tiled walls
near the market stalls
There’s a hidden door she leads you to

These days, she says,
I feel my life Just like a river running thru

The year of the cat

Well, she looks at you so cooly
And her eyes shine like the moon in the sea
She comes in incense and patchouli

So you take her, to find what’s waiting inside
The year of the cat

Well, morning comes and you’re still with her
And the bus and the tourists are gone
And you’ve thrown away the choice
and lost your ticket
So you have to stay on

But the drum-beat strains of the night remain
In the rhythm of the new-born day
You know sometime you’re bound to leave her
But for now you’re going to stay
In the year of the cat

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Fooled Around And Fell In Love – Elvin Bishop (1975) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

Fooled Around And Fell In Love – Elvin Bishop (1975) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Fooled Around And Fell In Love” was released in 1975 on Elvin Bishop’s album, Struttin’ My Stuff.

If asked what my favorite song of all time is, this is one of maybe 5 songs that I’m likely to answer (recently completed a video for another one, “The Air That I Breathe”)…..for 3 reasons; Elvin Bishop plays one of my favorite guitar solos, Mickey Thomas delivers a truly extraordinary vocal performance….and no matter what I’m doing or where I am, if I hear this song, I’m lost to it until the final note! ;-) Just such a great, great track, on of the touchstone tracks of my life, it takes me right back to the carefree days of my youth, when the slowly billowing white clouds and bright yellow sun held sway over the brilliantly blue sky…when A.M. radio held sway over the airwaves and songs like “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” were always in our ears making us smile! I give this song 5 :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)!!!

Couldn’t resist starting the music vid with one of the all time great music cues…Dirk Diggler’s flip into the pool as “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” starts.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!! And as always, THANK YOU FOR WATCHING!
[Lyrics]
I must have been through about a million girls
I’d love ‘em then I’d leave ‘em alone
I didn’t care how much they cried, no sir
Their tears left me cold as a stone
But then I fooled around and fell in love
I fooled around and fell in love, yes I did
I fooled around and fell in love, I fooled around and fell in love
It used to be when I’d see a girl that I liked
I’d get out my book and write down her name
But when the grass got a little greener over on the other side
I’d just tear out that page
I fooled around and fell in love
I fooled around and fell in love, since I met you baby
I fooled around and fell in love, I fooled around and fell in love
Free, on my own is the way I used to be
Ah, but since I met you baby, love’s got a hold on me
It’s got a hold on me now, I can’t let go of you baby
I fooled around and fell in love
I fooled around and fell in love, oh yes I did
I fooled around, fooled around, fooled around, fooled around,
fooled around, fooled around, fell in love
Fooled around, fooled around, fooled around, fooled around,
fooled around, fooled around, fell in love
I fooled around, fell in love
I fell in love, I fell in love, yes I did

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Same Old Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg (1981) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

Same Old Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg (1981) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Same Old Lang Syne” was released on Dan Fogelberg’s seventh studio album, The Innocent Age, in the summer of 1981.

I had a few contenders for my 300th video as I wanted to make something kinda special….first I had planned one epic and when that one stalled….another epic, and when that one frustrated me, I thought I’d just do something really nice for maybe what is possibly my favorite song of all time (well tied with maybe 4 or 5 others? LOL!)….and when that one didn’t quite make it on time, I thought maybe I’d do something for the 2015 New Year which would be nice timing.

So after my 1st #300 sank into the swamp, and my 2nd #300 sank into the swamp, and my 3rd #300 burned down, fell over and then sank into the swamp…I made this video…and here it is my 4th #300! LOL!

Hope you enjoy and I wish all a HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE and a prosperous, healthy and happy 2015!

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS CHECKED OUT THE VIDEOS AND ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO WERE KIND ENOUGH TO OFFER THEIR SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT!!!!!

As usual, HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!!!

FROM WIKI: It was also one of his most successful albums; three of his four Top 10 singles on the Billboard pop chart (“Hard to Say” (#7), “Same Old Lang Syne” (#9), and “Leader of the Band” (#9)) were from this album, as well as another Top 20 single in “Run for the Roses” (#18). All four also reached the Top 10 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart, with “Leader of the Band” reaching Number 1 on that chart. “The Innocent Age” drew its inspiration from Thomas Wolfe’s major novel “Of Time and the River.” Fogelberg captured on this album Wolfe’s protagonist’s search for meaning, for self, and the inexorable passage of time.

[Lyrics]

Met my old lover in the grocery store
The snow was falling, Christmas Eve
I stole behind her in the frozen foods
And I touched her on the sleeve

She didn’t recognize the face at first
But then her eyes flew open wide
She went to hug me and she spilled her purse
And we laughed until we cried

We took her groceries to the checkout stand
The food was totaled up and bagged
We stood there lost in our embarrassment
As the conversation dragged

We went to have ourselves a drink or two
But couldn’t find an open bar
We bought a six-pack at the liquor store
And we drank it in her car

We drank a toast to innocence
We drank a toast to now
And tried to reach beyond the emptiness
But neither one knew how

She said she’d married her an architect
Who kept her warm and safe and dry
She would have liked to say she loved the man
But she didn’t like to lie

I said the years had been a friend to her
And that her eyes were still as blue
But in those eyes I wasn’t sure
If I saw doubt or gratitude

She said she saw me in the record stores
And that I must be doing well
I said the audience was heavenly
But the traveling was hell

We drank a toast to innocence
We drank a toast to now
And tried to reach beyond the emptiness
But neither one knew how

We drank a toast to innocence
We drank a toast to time
Reliving in our eloquence
Another ‘Auld Lang Syne’

The beer was empty and our tongues were tired
And running out of things to say
She gave a kiss to me as I got out
And I watched her drive away

Just for a moment I was back at school
And felt that old familiar pain
And as I turned to make my way back home
The snow turned into rain

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