Back Then

I had a band in the mid-60s that was my first introduction to amplification and it expanded my writing style a bit. This song came out of that, but it was uptempo and quite a bit different. I rewrote the song years later because I loved singing the refrain. Not sure who this could have been about. Possibly Judy Perlman. 

 

Back Then

 

Back then before the aces were dealt

Back then before we knew what we felt

Despite the nightmare of reality

We danced suspended in our fantasy

It’s only natural now that we should be

A little frightened of a light where none can see

What are we gonna do when it ends

My friend

Everything we had back then.

 

Back then before perfection did cease

Back then two stormless orphans at peace

You grasped my spirit in your lover’s grip

And then you’d melt under my fingertips

We never worried ’bout our separate trips

Until that question forced its way between our lips

What are we gonna do when it ends

My friend

Everything we had back then.

 

Back then stealing a moment of time

Back then when we were partners in crime

Countless tomorrows that will not unfold

Just like a church bell that will never toll

The space between us I could not control

Although I reached across it vainly for your soul

What are we gonna do when it ends

My friend

Everything we had back then.