Disc B-9. Letters from Long Ago
© words & music by Carl Reed 2014

Album Note:  Carl’s beautiful song tells a story from the “great generation,”
many of whom were forced by the war to settle for other than their first love.
Although the sad tale could apply equally to thousands of lives, this one
took place in the northern Flint Hills.


I remember the row of tomatoes
That always ripened on her window sill
And the smell of the goodies she made us
In the years before Grandma took ill
Most of all I remember the letters
That we found ‘neath her pillow that day
And the way that they made us feel better
When the good lord called Grandma away

Letters that told of a love that she shared
Back when the world was young
When her hazel eyes shown beneath light auburn hair
And her dreams were still gold as the sun
Letters we covered with ribbons of lace
So Grandfather never would know
That there in the casket beside her we placed
Those letters from long, long ago

Then Dad remembered a picture she carried
Of a soldier boy she loved before
The years she and Granddad were married
The one who was killed in the war
And we knew things between her and Granddad
Through the years had grown had grown bitter and cold
So with all of her golden dreams shattered
All she had were those letters to hold          


On my mind the day of the funeral
Were two lovers so young and so brave
For a love that dies young is eternal
Like the secret she took to her grave
And there’s a never an end to the story
And it never grows weary and old
Cause it only lives in a memory
And in letters from long, long ago

Cause it only lives in a memory
And in letters from long, long ago
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