Inspired by my recent trip to Southern California to reunite with old friends in honor of the late great Tim Chandler, “Broken Together” is an ode to enduring friendships maintained throughout the many vagaries of life. The lyrics really need no further explanation, other than to say that for me, one friendship, in particular, remains preeminent:
I dedicate this song to my dearest friend- Tom Gulotta.
I love you beyond measure, G.
I can’t imagine living in a world without you
The number dialed, the silence on the phone
How will I laugh ‘til I cry if I should lose you?
Who will hear my knock on the door if you’re not at home?
Please stay here with me,
‘Cos if there’s no “us,” how can we be
Beat down, we held each other up
(While we drank the sweet and bitter cup)
We’re broken together
(When I’d fall and crawl on hands and knees,
You were the one who helped me still believe)
We caught a glimpse of something deeply hidden
Through refracted grace, a distant flag unfurled
As arm in arm, we walk the plank together
To board the ark that sails beyond the world
So please stay by my side
How can I go on
Without you and I
(I was a cage of restless dreams,
You broke the lock, they spread their wings,
Yes, we’ve had our turn; too soon it will be over
Others will be seated in our chairs
I pray the exit sign’s around some other corner,
And a velvet rope blocks entrance to the stairs
We wear the wounds and scars
Of much wiser men
Now that we both are