"Long lost penpal" as written by and Annika/soderlund Norlin....
Do you remember me
I am your long lost pen pal
It must have been ten years ago we last wrote
I don't really know what happened
I guess life came in the way
Let me know if you're still alive
Let me know if you ever used that knife or not

Yes I remember you
I've got a husband and two children now
I work as an accountant and make fairly good money
I still have your letters, you used a pink pen to write them
And you would comfort me
When my tears would stain the ink
And I would send you mix tapes with Kate Bush on

I have to admit I sometimes lied in those letters
Tried to make life better than it was
I still wasn't kissed at sixteen
And I still need a friend

There was this letter
I never told you this back then
But it would be fair to say it saved my life
I sat in the window
The only one left out from a party again
Pretty sure I didn't have a single friend
Then I checked the mailbox

Dear long lost penpal
I was lying the whole time
I'm really a 46 years old man named Luke
I have three children
And a wife, she doesn't care
And I hope you don't resent me
And I hope you do not hate me
For trying to find my way back to what it's like to be young

I have to admit I sometimes lied in those letters
Tried to make life better than it was
I still wasn't kissed at sixteen
And I still need a friend

Lyrics submitted by ilse

"Long Lost Penpal" as written by Annika Norlin Andrea Kellerman

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    General Commentat first, as natural, the impact is that there is this creepy guy talking to a young girl, but in reality, like many here have mentioned, its just a man trying to feel young again.
    this song really got to me, cuz im an 18 year old and i have a fairly good life, not too bad, but not extravagant, but i always worry, am i gonna end up like those middle aged people who hate their spouces and feel like they are stuck in a rut...
    -this song displays our world's reality...people out there perfer their pretend lives, and sometimes believe that its the real one, because their reality is just unbearable...
    great song...reminds me of one of the salad fingers skit, with the date scene
    zareton January 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn awesome song! I recognize myself so well!
    djsannaon January 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen someone first told me about this song I thought it sounded like the dude was a creep. But actually it's kind of sweet.
    Bernoullion February 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentinteresting concept for a song, very original. I wonder if its based on a true story from someone?
    Heather200408on March 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLove at first listen :D No, it probably isn't a true story. I _hope_ it isn't, anyway. I wouldn't like to be the one mailing a guy named Luke mistaking him for a troubled female teen!
    Catz1987on August 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a long lost penpal..obviously.. and this old man really hated his life so he did whatever it took to feel young again. After about ten years he felt horrible so wrote her again saying he was sorry and he was lying that whole time. He was having such a better time thinking of his penpal and she made him feel so much better so he felt attachted to her. Afterwards he really wanted her to get to know who her really was so they could truly get to know eachother again.
    haasmollydollyon September 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think that this song is true- perhaps it didnt happen to the writer of the song, but i'm sure it has happened to someone she knows. pen pals and internet friends and such are becoming so wide spread and significant in a lot of people's lives.

    over all, i think this song is about the timelessness of needing a friend. everyone out there, at different stages in their lives, feels the same emotions- everyone feels anger, sadness, loneliness, isolation, love, hate, etc... and nobody really wants to feel alone. the letter seems creepy because the man was older, but when you look at the simple intentions to just be and have a friend, it's sweet.
    sunkisdnfreckldon November 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI like how her voice changes as she starts singing as the 46-year-old man.

    It's creepy.

    But at the same time it's really sweet and sad.
    adsilaon March 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe other voice is maia hirasawa
    danivaron October 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commentsorry, it was another swedish singer: andrea kellerman, her stage name is firefox ak
    danivaron October 25, 2008   Link

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