So Long Ago  

no_strings_grrl 45F
270 posts
6/20/2005 7:09 pm

Last Read:
3/5/2006 9:27 pm

So Long Ago


So Long Ago

My daddy sent me off to Baton Rouge
in nineteen sixty-nine
He said our love was like a forest fire
and he'd end it with the miles
So you rode with us to Temple, Texas
where I did catch the train
I remember waving back at you
through a silted window pane.

I said, "Fare thee well true love of mine"
I said, "Fare thee well sweet lips of wine"
And you said, "Fare thee well my Texas rose"
And then you blew a kiss of innocence
as the train began to roll ... So long ago.

You'd gone off to fight the war when
I returned from school
I traded in my innocence when the
springtime came to bloom
I married for my family... one night
I dreamed of you
And you were running from me in the rain
down on Congress Avenue.

I said, "Fare thee well true love of mine"
I said, "Fare thee well sweet lips of wine"
And you said, "Fare thee well my Texas rose"
And then you blew a kiss of innocence
as the years began to roll ... So long ago.

I saw you once in a crowded bar...
it was Christmas time
I was frightened by the thunder of
our hearts in sixty nine
Because I live my life in whispers now
and I choose to live alone
So I slipped back to the avenue and
flipped my collar to the cold.

I said, "Fare thee well true love of mine"
I said, "Fare thee well sweet lips of wine"
And you said, "Fare thee well my Texas rose"
And then you blew a kiss of innocence
as the years began to roll ... So long ago.

Where did we go?
So long ago

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- Words and Music by Nanci Griffith, Album: Little Love Affairs
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This album - and this song in particular - is one of those that takes me back to another place and time. My high school sweetheart and I would ride around all afternoon, winding down and around those old country roads with this cassette playing in my 1973 Toyota Celica. Its full of strange and honest and beautiful little tunes whose melodies will forever return me (in spirit) to a time when love was desperate and pure, as untouched and innocent as a warm summer breeze...

Philosophy_N_Sex 50M/48F

6/21/2005 10:45 am

Nothing like those song that become a part of who you are.


HughJarse2000 48M

6/22/2005 2:31 am

Yep songs always remind me of the place where the song belongs. But it's the smells that take me to those places.

I'm currently having great difficulty with white grapefruit and orange blossom. It's a torrid story with a very bumpy landing. I try not to let my mind go there but if i smell that stuff - I'm a goner for days !


no_strings_grrl 45F

6/22/2005 10:47 am

You know you are so right Hugh. A friend and I were just talking the other night about smell and how strongly it is tied to memory - and desire. That sounds like a good idea for a post Hugh. What do you you think?


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