April 2011

old friends

Thank you, Stephen Sondheim. I couldn’t have said it better if I tried. Hey, old friends, How do we stay old friends? Who is to say, old friends, How an old friendship survives? One day chums Having a laugh a minute, One day comes And they’re a part of your lives. New friends pour Through the revolving door — Maybe there’s one that’s more. If you find one, that’ll do. But us, old friends, What’s to discuss, old friends? Here’s to us! Who’s like us? Two old friends, Fewer won’t do, old friends — Gotta have two old friends Helping you balance along: One upbraids you For your faults and fancies, One persuades you That the other one’s wrong. Most friends fade Or they don’t make the grade. New ones are quickly made, Perfect as long as they’re new. But us, old friends, What’s to discuss, old friends? Here’s to us! Who’s like us? Damn few! Merrily We Roll Along (1981)