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Track 3 of the ep. Lead vocal Bedini.
To Absent Friends
I have watched you grow around me, all you children of the Gods
And was guided by the light in which you stand.
Comes the day that I must leave you
(Times I wish I could have stayed)
But there’s something I must make you understand.
Remember how we played the lines of fantasy and truth
Finding stillness in the fury of the stage?
Like the silence born of thunder there was laughter in your fears
And I wish you peace as you strut and fret your way.
Spin a coin for luck, my friend
For our fame and fortune – [come the day!]
But when times are hard, and tomorrows never come
These things we’ve shared – so come what may.
Well we had dreams and we had nightmares of the cards our future held
Now the dealer lets his patterned numbers fall,
And if the tides to the affairs of men must leave me high and dry
Those things I hold most dear lie with you all.
I have grown to love you all, and I hear your laughter still
As a stranger road before me must unwind.
released July 8, 2013
Words and music by Lorenzo Bedini