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You were like that

from A Portrait of the Artist by joe Wilford

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Well there were shots in the Jersey night
It was J.D. bathed in the dim lamplight
Of a barren apartment over the dentist’s office and shoe store

A scrabble board lies on the trunk
And we were 3 notches past drunk
We laughed so hard and loud when I scored 23 points with “plowed”

You were my strength, you kept me sane
From a life that threatened to be so plain
You were the best protection, using a magician-like misdirection

A diner on Route 22
The perfect place to write a song or two
On the back of a place-mat or even a napkin will do

There was Elvis, BBAC, The Big Book, Platinum Blonde
And I Died In Line At Bradley’s
Not to mention Deli Trek and the Dan Tanna Show
And driving ‘round till the sun in our rear-view mirror started to glow

Tom—You were like that
Nobody else was quite like that
Stubborn, passionate, uncompromising
Always saw your love for life within
Can’t believe I’ll never see you again
No memory can fill the void of a lost friend


from A Portrait of the Artist, released February 12, 2004
Words and music: joe Wilford and Tom Gallison




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