"Twentysomething"

Back then, we were girls in tights, yeah Dad was right
Back when, time stood still while we taunted it
We were singin Joni, timed in heartbeats
But I never knew the meaning
Celebrating new days, in a pink haze
Ev’ry hour adding history

It's changed me
We had it all, but they wanted more for us
If we let it be
I see arms crisscrossed, what the years have cost

Back then, we understood bad and good
Back when, we put up a fight, yeah we did alright
Sitting on the front porch, in a rain storm
Watch the lightning bend our enemies
Digging ditches in the backyard, walk the tight rope
Run the circle round the porch swing

Save me
You kept me from what I’ve become
It's fading
If I take the fall, will you’ll bury it all

It’s been twenty years unfolding

Now when, I see your smile in another child
Our dancing down the alley my two left feet
Stomachs aching in the comedy
Seems so far behind us, could they find us
If we replicated every step

Mistake me
For the ghost of your past, for the source of your laugh
Take me
Back to the hill on Dodds Avenue

Forever we were running
Runnin undercover
Wanting to be one but you were headed for the door

It's changed me
We had it all, but they wanted more for us
If we let it be
I see arms crisscrossed, what the years have cost
Save me
You kept me from what I’ve become
Fading
If I take the fall, will you’ll bury it all
Mistake me
For the ghost of your past, for the source of your laugh
Take me
Back to the hill on Dodds Avenue

It’s been twenty years and counting


©2008, Leah Hohman-Esser