My Friends

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Me and my best friends met in high school
We did the things that every kid’s supposed to do
Like chasing girls and getting high
We saw the Grateful Dead’s last show in ’95
My friends
Have we changed?
Somewhere inside these three hearts
Aren’t we just the same
Three kids who took our parents’ cars
And drove around til dawn
I can’t believe those times are 20 years gone

One friend moved east, he disappears for months
I call and call and call until he’s had enough
He quit his job, got really dark
It wasn’t anything new but each time hits him so hard
He had a kid who gave him light
I see him once a year and worry he’ll lose his fight
My friend
Are you okay?
Can you pull yourself up to meet the light of day
I meant it every time I called and said “I’m here”
I hope you know how much I hold you dear

One friend moved west to make a life
He got a job and it was through that that he met his wife
They had four kids, two sets of twins
He ran for state office and he went on to win
When we met up in Vegas last year
We drank and laughed and drank til we were both in tears
My friend
A song still plays
When I think of thumbing 1-0-1 from Seattle to the Bay
I meant it every time I said “I love you, man”
I’m always here, just call me when you can
Just call, call me when you can


from Record of Life, released June 30, 2015



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Joe Goodkin Chicago, Illinois

Chicago-based singer/songwriter Joe Goodkin (of Paper Arrows and The Odyssey) is proud to release his first solo record, entitled Record of Life. Record of Life chronicles family, love, loss, and remembrance in six sprawling songs, each recorded using only Goodkin's haunted 1963 Gibson ES-125t. ... more

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