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I Was Someone Back When

from Made of Gold by Juniper Ginger

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written in 2016 for Samantha


You tiptoed down the stairwell feeling for either wall in the dark
Stumbled into my room, now it’s time for a talk
I clocked out early from the night shift, then transpired the mischief
Broken locks, lucky ladders, spiked coffee, and they still let us walk

A year later I sat at your wedding
And I thought, man, I’m already married
To the idea that I knew you back then

So I went back for more torture once I learned four years wasn’t enough
Still avoiding the future that they told me I was
I found a voice out of faking confidence in a graduate course
I paved my path with daily platitudes, said hey I’m moving north

Two years later you passed through on vacation
Your short time was mine for the taking
I had this idea I was someone back when

We skinny dipped in your backyard
We shouted words at a dive bar
I paid some guy to put ink in my arms
Called it gravity to hold me down

But just when you think you’re grounded
You’re running circles around it
All of that restlessness keeping the oil in your gears
For the fear of the end of the stories of your best years
Well I’ve got good one right here

One day when your grandkids want stories
You'll feel stiff, but you won’t feel boring
You’ll say how you used to know someone back then


from Made of Gold, released November 1, 2017


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Juniper Ginger is the solo project of Portland, Maine songwriter Alex Millan.

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