The song goes on

Sometimes a stranger comes to sing
And joins the room where we are playing.
We listen to the song they bring
And hope they’ll end up staying.
For we have all been strangers too:
We’ve all stood waiting in some doorway
And waited for our song to come
Hoping they’d sing it our way.
So strangers come and friends remain –
New voices with old voices blending –
And when friends go, still friends remain:
The song need have no ending.

So all who hear may hear us sing –
The song goes on, the song goes on –
From year to year the voices ring:
The song goes on.
Old songs won’t fade from every heart,
Old friends are never quite forgotten,
If we can only play our part:
The song goes on!

There was a time when people sang
As freely as a blackbird calling:
At work, at play, at dawn of day
And when the night was falling.
We cannot say we know those times,
There’s nothing now can bring us near them –
But we can say we know those songs
And even now we hear them.
As old songs fade, new songs remain –
New voices with old voices blending –
And though songs fade, they still remain:
The song need have no ending.

So all who hear may hear us sing

Perhaps a life is like a song,
The passing years like verse and chorus:
Gone quickly but remembered long
As inspiration for us.
A song well sung, a life well spent
Will touch us as we make our way on.
We’ll try to follow where they went
And let their music play on.
So, singing through the changing years,
New voices with old voices blending,
As old friends go, they still remain:
Their song shall have no ending.

So all who hear may hear us sing

Phil Edwards, 2018

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