And always there is a picture of you and her
Coming home happy from a vacation on the seas
And you looked like a sailor
With a tattoo of an anchor on your arm
Your hair greased back
Face weathered by places and days I'd never seen

Sometimes I read and reread

The birthday card you sent me
When I turned seven
And I know that they will never shine
The way it did that day
When we threw paper airplanes at your head
And sat on your knees laughing


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A Letter Lyrics as written by Wayne Carson Thompson

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    When I stop and think about these lyrics, I get goose bumbs, the build up at the end of this song never fails to leave choking back tears. Chris Simpson is amazing.

    miserereon March 05, 2003   Link
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    well i think it's pretty obvious, he talks about the loss of his dad. well i'm maybe wrong!

    kid_kilowatton November 10, 2004   Link
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    i went to my mom's dad's funeral this morning. she hadn't seen him in 22 years. also, i'm seeing my dad for the first time in over six months tonight.

    (this was going to be in some way related to the song when i started out.)

    yea. i can relate to this loss of a father/grandfather, whether it be absolute or not.

    songintheairon December 22, 2005   Link
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    This song brings me back to my childhood...And I know that they will never shine the way they used to.

    Sadly beautiful.

    Guigouon November 23, 2008   Link
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    I feel like its about a Grandfather, but that's just how I relate to it.

    mineral9on February 02, 2005   Link
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    could the letter be about Ivadell from their other song?

    HoodRich_MoneyManon March 14, 2006   Link
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    My interpretation is not the right one per se, but it means something to me. I kissed a girl for the first time in the past couple weeks. I will not see her for over a month because we will both be out of town for Christmas break. It is impossible for me to forget her, even though I am torturing myself until then. I feel such strong despair because she has been in love before, and there is no way I can stack up to that.

    Anyway, this song so strongly reminded me of her because she has a tattoo of an anchor on her arm. The first paragraph spoke directly to this inadequacy I felt compared to her first love:

    "And always there is a picture of you and her Coming home happy from a vacation on the seas And you looked like a sailor With a tattoo of an anchor on your arm Your hair greased back Face weathered by places and days I'd never seen"

    christchin910on December 11, 2011   Link

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