The Incidental Song (Being Friends)

How could I know ‘bout diamond rings
when I don’t know what tomorrow brings?
Now all I know about the state we’re in is that
Georgia to Virginia, I wanna be your friend

Now I’ve checked out a couple times
And I stepped out when I made my mind
but that ain’t somethin’ I can long defend
When I keep forgettin’, honey, I gotta be your friend

I forgot how to sing a giddy song to you
When I thought that the thing was to settle for sharing blues
When we parted broken-hearted, it wasn’t the best we could do
You know how this ends: you’re gonna be my friend

Well, I neglected, was unaffectionate
My misdirectedness—I never expected it
But that’s the way it goes in takin’ love for granted
We’re gonna have to go to work at bein’ friends

I gotta tell you, honey: I’m gonna spend my money
We’re gonna see all the sights in town
We’ll go to Texas and run from the Methodists
We’ll sip our scotch and soda on the merry-go-round

I forgot how to sing a giddy song to you
When I thought that the thing was to settle for sharing blues
When we parted broken-hearted, it wasn’t the best we could do
You know how this ends: you’re gonna be my friend

We’re gonna have to go to work at being friends

(April 2008)

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