Faraway Friend (song)

This is the link to a song I’ve written for my songwriting class on Coursera about when I lived in Australia.  I used to have two friends who were a year older than me, and we spent all our time together writing poetry, and then I put the poetry to music.  It was wonderful, and my first real experience of writing my own music.  We would do this everywhere we were, at home, at the beach, anywhere we could carry pencil, paper, and my guitar.  One of my friends died in a motorcycle accident after I left Australia, and the other one kept in contact with me for a while, and then we lost touch.  I have not been able to find her, even with the internet, but I think of both of them every time I write a song, and remember how wonderful it was to be together and express ourselves so poetically about a world we didn’t feel we understood. Here is the song and words:

Long ago, another life, as youth we had such strength.

Our bonds would never come apart, the songs we wrote for my guitar

Gave proof that we were friends.

Our hearts were wrapped in poetry, no one could comprehend.

We sat on cliffs and watched the sea, and felt the restlessness of dreams

Of teenage discontent.

Faraway friend, faraway friend of mine

Faraway friend, faraway friend of mine.

I moved across the world to join my family again,

I sang our songs to keep you close, I called and shared all that I wrote

But not all that I meant.

You had a baby boy you said, your happiness I guessed.

I loved a man who then proposed, our lives both changed, the paths we chose

The letters meant to send.

Faraway friend, faraway friend of mine

Faraway friend, faraway friend of mine.

Writing and singing

Made sense of the world.

Now it’s been some forty years, I still write songs and find

Though I have lost you to the sea and distances too far to reach

My singing you define.

Faraway friend, faraway friend of mine.

Faraway friend, faraway friend of mine.

Faraway friend, faraway friend of mine.

Copyright 2013 Susan Alexander

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