A long long time ago (click title to hear)

Nothing is as simple as the strings of this guitar
Except for maybe one or two bad days
And all the futures calling haven’t taken me as far
As the restless words that I still have to say
Now I can’t remember if they said experience would bring
This hardening of hearts to what we know
And while yesterday is cited for a great and many things
That was just a long long time ago

I wish that I could talk about the how or why or when
We start to question what we understand
But moving on’s like praying, every now and then
You do whatever circumstance demands
So some men walk a thousand miles or swim a thousand shores
With the memories of a thousand friends and foes
I used to envy others who felt no need to want more
But that was just a long long time ago

Once there was this girl, what was I to do?
She filled me up with wonder and surprise
And if the most youthful intentions aren’t always best for you
I couldn’t help but dwell on her goodbyes
Can anyone be innocent without being naïve . . .
Longing for things only time could show?
It’s almost embarrassing the things we can believe
That was just a long long time ago

Now I’d give almost anything to shake the mood I’m in
But you know that not as easy as it seems
It’s like every song turns on me even before I begin
And the heart of inspiration can be mean
I’ve been told that I lack confidence but I’m not really sure
That confidence is all a man should own
If once I had the slight regret for things that never were
That was just a long long time ago

You were born the day before I was born alone
If you’re a blessing, I'm more half a prayer
And if the rains should come tonight and wash out this world of stone
It wouldn’t leave it any worse for wear
But that doesn’t mean I’m ready to cast it all aside
Let alone to let this feeling go
I used to think it was enough to carry it inside
But that was just a long long time ago

Nothing is as simple as the strings of this guitar
Nothing can undo that certain glow
I used to think it better not to wish upon the stars
And that was just a long long time ago


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