I was wondering what I would write for my final entry of 2008. I thought about it all week and then an email came from a good friend who is very dear to my heart. We'd talked about Dar Williams earlier in the week and I guess she was still thinking about our conversation. She sent these lyrics to me, saying simply "This reminded me of you...and your friends." and I was very touched by the sentiment.
I can't think of a better way to close out 2008 and welcome 2009 than to share these lyrics with you and wish you the kind of light and love in your lives that my sacred circle of friends bring to mine.
I have a friend in a bright and distant town,
She's found a common balance,
Where you do your work, and you do your love,
And they pay you, and praise your many talents.
And I'm passing through, and we're not going to sleep,
she laughs and puts on the tea,
She says, "You know I think you remember every part of me."
And the water starts to boil,
And if I had a camera
Showing all the light we give
and showing where the light extends,
I'd give it to my friends.
Sometimes I see myself, sometimes I need a witness.
And I like the whole truth,
but there are nights I only need forgiveness.
Sometimes they say, "I don't know who you are,
but let me walk with you some."
And I say, "I'm all alone, that's all,
you can't save me from all the wrong I've done."
But they're waiting all the same,
With their flashlights and their semaphores,
And I'll act like I have faith and like that faith never ends,
But I really just have friends.