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Patty Griffin – My Dear Old Friend lyrics

how will we smile ever again
i'm asking you sincerely, my dear old friend
what do you say, is there a way
my dear old friend

how will we laugh just like before
when there's water rising up to our door
and we may never see each other again
my dear old friend

will there be someone to remember
a little place that we loved
how the music played all night and day
through the windows up above

how the birds sang in the morning
how the dog barked in the yard
i guess that's nothing much but everything to us
and that's what seems so hard

how will we smile ever again
i'm asking you sincerely, my dear old friend
the moon on the hill says we probably will
my dear old friend

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    I think this song means just are we ever going to be together again. Something may have happened in the past because of "how will we smile, every again" and "how will we laugh just like before". Someone may be apologizing because of " what do you say, is there a way". Something tragic must be happening because of whenever they say will we ever she each other again. It's sad but sweet.
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