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(c) Ju Honisch

It's ten years now since I've heard from you last
and I thought I should write you a song
You're nothing now but a thought from the past
with an aftertaste that is all wrong
Oh, I used so much to admire you ,
you taught me so many things, oh,
to laugh in the face of hierarchy
you taught me to say and mean "no".

Friend, oh, friend, changed
and changed utterly,
and a terrible nothing was born

You taught us to stand up for freedom,
to ridicule power and force,
to state things the way that we see them
to speak up without feeling remorse.
I really believed in a friendship
that would go on existing as such,
and I never did want any more from you
not a kiss, a caress, not a touch.

But this icon of freedom consented
to curtail both his freedom and soul
and reshaped the reality round him
like a ground-hog vamoosed down a hole.
You lost the 'extra' from your 'ordinary',
dishonest to your own point of view,
and all you said now was contrary
to what used to be the real "you".

In suburbia you're now in existence -
or that is what I have been told -
in a semi-detached plus front garden
with a trite little wife you'll grow old;
and burnt out is the fire inside you,
rebellion is filed under "r"
run dry's your imagination
new ideas given way to new car.

Are you sure this is what you wanted
when you rid yourself of all your friends.
the lion inside had his claws manicured -
to the boring you moved from intense.
Can it be that what we thought was in you
never had been within you before?
That we misread your character wholly
and you've always been just this: a bore?


from Witch Way to Reality, released April 1, 1998


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Ju Honisch & Katy Droege-Macdonald Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

Ju & Katy have been partners in musical crime ever since 1991 when they met at a German Star Trek convention at the late night filk circle.
When not filking, Ju writes fantasy novels. More about her writing can be found at www.juhonisch.de
If Katy is not travelling or trying to learn a new instrument, she also sings the filkish version of barbershop with the German filk quartet "Barbership".
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