That was the year that was


That was the year that was
We sang too many last farewells
Thoughts and sympathies we tell
And worse, some more are still to come
Leaving daughters, leaving sons
Even the paper wings of the butterfly
Beat slower now and die.
That was the year that was

Sometimes you don't believe
In life and all that stuff
Sometimes when your journey leaves
For nightmares wild and rough
A friend is always on your side
Hope can call you from your hide
Even when the going gets tough

That was the year that was
I've seen the mornings come and go
Too many ships passing on their way
Too many weeks just waiting for the show
Only to hear the music fade away.
Only to see at the end of the day
You are moving on but what a way
That was the year that was

Sometimes you don't believe
In life and all that stuff
Sometimes when your journey leaves
For nightmares wild and rough
A friend is always on your side
Hope can call you from your hide
Even when the going gets tough

See – the scattered black of night
Hear – the promising whisper in the light
Feel – the winds that hold you
Lift you up and call you
Into tomorrow, where the rainbow's glory's shed.


Copyright © by Hans-Jürgen Friedrich, 21.12.2004
Title inspired by an album by Tom Lehrer.