This song kind of explains itself in the lyrics. It’s pretty blatant. As I was writing it, there were many opportunities to try and make the lyrics a little more general. I thought, “That is way too specific to this one person. I should change it so it sounds like it could apply to anyone or anything.” Every time I even thought that, I would put my pen to the page and come up completely empty. The only way this song worked was if I wrote it for only one person. In fact, most of the lyrics are codes and even inside jokes for Kelly to decipher so she knows for sure that I am talking about her.
So we are clear, this was meant to be nothing romantic. This girl was such a good friend and I can’t believe we lost touch. I did a little text painting at the end of the song with that friendship echoed in the two guitar lines at the end playing in harmony as it fades out. As I listen back, I wish I was a little more varied with the melody lines in the verses.
I’ll go into depth about the codes and inside jokes within the lyrics if you want to “read more”. Click the link at the bottom of the page.
Letter to Kelly
Well I wonder if you will remember
You knew me 180 school days at best
Please take this song as my letter
‘Cause I don’t know your current address
But you sat in the back of my freshman class
With a fast, witty crack and a backwards hat
I don’t know if you’re still in Ohio
To tell the truth, and I’m kind of ashamed
I’d check facebook for a pic and a bio
But I can’t remember your last name
But it’s right on the tip of my tongue
Right on the tip of my tongue
All I remember had sorrow attached
Hoping this finds you much better than that
Signing, Sincerely, Your Friend, P.S.
I hope you are writing me back.
In the parking lot on the last day
It took a year but we both opened up
Out from hiding and trying to say
Words that hurt you far too much
That’s when I saw you back home at the mall
You were with your friend by the Cinnabon
If I would have thought that’s the last time we’d talk
I’d have said something other than gotta run
Senior year and my fear in ’98
Lose a friend and what then after we graduate
Then I found myself on campus at Kent State
But your no where to be found
Mitchell Goosen is stylin’
Now I know you are smiling
And I hope you are writing me back.
(describing how I remember her)
(Cheesy yes, I know, but I had to be specific)
(It’s true and embarrassing. The point of writing the tune is that I hope she might hear this and figure out that I’m looking for her. I’m pretty easy to find.)
(This is actually the chorus to a song that we both knew and initially bonded on in the hallway between classes like the first week we had met. The song is from the sound track to a movie I’m embarrassed to say I watched quite a bit. And when I say quite a bit, I was pretty obsessed with it. It was an early 90′s flick called Airborne, that was pretty much just an excuse to show off a new product at the time called Rollerblades, on which I lived for awhile. When she showed me the song I said, “Hey, I know this.” She said, “No you don’t.” completely expecting that there was no way I had seen this movie. But, when I figured out where it was from, she was pretty amazing that we liked the same random movie and our friendship started right there. Just so you know, that movie does have a couple of notable young actors, namely Jack Black and Seth Green.)
(Here is the most obscure, goofy thing I did. On my page, I usually write out “Verse” and “Chorus” at the beginning of their respective paragraphs. In doing this as the first line to this chorus, it creates an acronym if you read from top to bottom using the first letters of
each phrase and the letter C from “Chorus” spelling out C.A.H.S. which was the high school we both attended, at least my freshman
year. I hope that makes sense.)
(This paints the picture of a conversation I thought we were going to have where we actually go deeper than just goofy around and making jokes. But, itnever happened. It was the last day of school and I thought I was just see her the next year after summer break. I
ended up transferring and we got really disconnected.)
(No explaination needed. That’s exactly what happened. The speck of info that I got from her about how to find her is that she was going to Kent State.)
(Mitchell Goosen is the main character from Airborne. He was a surfer kid from Cali who was forced to go live with his relatives in Cincinnati for a year. I just thought this would make her laugh if she ever heard the song.)