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Same Auld Lang Syne

Friday, December 30, 2011

I'm home tonight - called in sick. We had several people come in to the Emergency Department last night with nausea, vomiting, & diarrhea. I woke up this evening, sucked down coffee and walked the pups. Felt fine on starting, but barely made it home from the 40 minute walk. Yuck. Anyway, kinda bummed. Here's a ballad by Fogelberg with Auld Lang Syne (the NYE) and feeling kinda bummed! (Ha, how's that for a segue?)

Dan Fogelberg, 1980



Met my old lover in the grocery store.
The snow was falling Christmas Eve.
I stole behind her in the frozen foods
And I touched her on her sleeve.


She didn't recognize the face at first,
But then her eyes flew open wide.
She went to hug me and she spilled her purse.
Then we laughed until we cried.


We took her groceries to the checkout stand.
The food was totaled up and bagged.
We stood there, lost in our embarrassment
As the conversation dragged.


We went to have ourselves a drink or two
But couldn't find an open bar
We bought a six pack at the liquor store
And we drank it in her car.


We drank a toast to innocence.
We drank that toast to now.
And tried to reach beyond the emptiness
But neither one knew how.


She said she'd married her an architect,
Who kept her warm and safe and dry
She would have liked to say she loved the man
But she didn't like to lie.


I said the years had been a friend to her
and that her eyes were still as blue.
But in those eyes I wasn't sure if I saw
Doubt or gratitude.


She said she saw me in the record stores,
and that I must be doing well.
I said the audience was heavenly,
But the traveling was hell.


We drank a toast to innocence
We drank that toast to now.
And tried to reach beyond the emptiness,
But neither one knew how.


We drank a toast to innocence,
We drank that toast to time.
Reliving in our eloquence,
Another old lang syne.


The beer was empty and our tongues were tired
And running out of things to say
She gave a kiss to me as I got out
And I watched her drive away.


Just for a moment I was back at school
And felt that old familiar pain.
And as I turned to make my way back home,
The snow turned into rain.
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