"Once I Was" as written by and Larry Beckett Tim Buckley....
Once I was a soldier
And I fought on foreign sands for you
Once I was a hunter
And I brought home fresh meat for you
Once I was a lover
And I searched behind your eyes for you
And soon there'll be another
To tell you I was just a lie

And sometimes I wonder
Just for a while
Will you ever remember me

And though you have forgotten
All of our rubbish dreams
I find myself searching
Through the ashes of our ruins
For the days when we smiled
And the hours that ran wild
With the magic of our eyes
And the silence of our words

And sometimes I wonder
Just for a while
Will you ever remember me

Ever remember me

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"Once I Was" as written by Tim Buckley Larry Beckett

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    General CommentThe greatest love song ever? I know my main favourite love songs are of the lost love variety and this is the best, alongside Martha, by Tom Waits
    hang on to a dreamon May 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentchoice song...has anyone heard Jeff's version??? it's even better
    Kezon June 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentEveryone who´s had love and lost it can relate to this song. So beautiful it bleeds.
    rudy1on April 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis gets my vote for the best love song ever.
    MuddyMaeon April 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI managed to track down Jeff performing this one at the public wake/performance held for Tim Buckley- holy crap, was it amazing. It's just crazy to think that he had never really sang before he performed at the wake, and the audience was in complete shocked silence. One of my favorite moments.
    RyanJ1983on June 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAbsolutly perfect. One of my favourite songs ever. The lyrics, especially the second verse, are so beautiful!
    Miss_Miseryon September 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentClearly this song seems to be about a loved one that moved on from him. He is recalling all the smiles and dreams they had together though she seems to "have forgotten". Perhaps one of the greatest love (lost love) songs of his time. Easy to relate to if you've had the pleasure of being dumped and forgotten.
    jthaspellon December 10, 2016   Link
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    Song MeaningAlthough one can interpret Buckley’s masterpiece as a love song, it truly is an antiwar anthem. Published in 1967 (the year I graduated from high school) at the height of the Vietnam War, the lyrics are a soldier’s lament—“Once I was a soldier.... will you ever remember me?”
    richarde4jon June 05, 2018   Link

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