An outcry,
To lost dreams and sense of wonder
To the streets that raised him. Say,
"Goodbye" to the hope for the home he'd been holding.
Say, "Goodbye" and "Be gone" and "Be great."
To the friends who left when they still could,
For the ones who chose to stay to waste away unplaced,
Alone, and pray
To get out,
To grow old,
To grow strong and
Leave this city, so familiar all its places,
All these memories turn each day more to gray,
More they space out till it's once a year we'll catch up, maybe less, or
Else just daydreams while he's working late
Thinks only of those friends and when they left.
"Are we still friends at all, my friends?"
Can I leave?

Rewind and find a younger man,
All hopes and goals and dreams alight and
Bright with friendship at the crossroads in the night.
"Now make a choice," the city said.
We were barely twenty then, but
While I swore it my allegiance
They chose leaving, all my friends. And
Now it's letters, maybe phone calls, that
Come less and less each year.
All addressed with wives and children
To the fool who chose to stay here.
And it hurts me to know I'm alone now,
And it's worse when I know that I chose it.
Don't make the same mistake as me,
Don't make the same mistake.
And now my friends have all left. Or it's been me gone all along. I guess we all part one day and drop like leaves into The breeze. And ain't it wild? Ain't it bitter? (Didn't it carry you from me?) But it's the coping with my fear that keeps me Here. See, once it's gone you can't retrieve it (Do I regret you? Can I forget you?) I still believe I might get left here. I Might turn 63 still sweeping up the gutters in the street or weeding concrete. Wait and see. We'll wait and see. Or, rather, I will. Only me.

Only me.

"Don't make the same mistake as me. Say "Goodbye" and "Be gone" and "Be great" and be done and be free."


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    General Commentthese lines:

    I still believe I might get left here. I Might turn 63 still sweeping up the gutters in the street or weeding concrete. Wait and see. We'll wait and see. Or, rather, I will. Only me.

    make me think about the man mentioned in 'st paul missionary baptist church blues':

    And just the other day I swear I saw a man there
    Pulling weeds out of the concrete, sweeping up and patching cracks,
    I saw him lift a rag to wash the years of filth from off those windows.

    but what an amazing song.
    handoverfiston March 18, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretationthis song reminds me of things everyone tells you as a kid like to do something with your life
    " Say,
    "Goodbye" to the hope for the home he'd been holding '

    and for all the people you meet and friends you have. we don't notice sometimes how that passes like when a car passes another car on the freeway. the only person that stays with you all your life is you. "the person" in this song is blaming himself in a way for being alone like most do
    "Don't make the same mistake as me"
    mastodon53on December 23, 2014   Link

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