words & music by Howard Ashby Kranz
1. At the Chinese Greasy Spoon just off the Judah line,
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I got your fortune, Eddie; you got mine.
It was you who met the dark-eyed stranger, as fortune took its course
And I received a gift of wisdom from an unexpected source.
Chorus 1:Eddie I miss your carefree air, I miss your careful song
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Eddie I miss the realness we shared, Eddie you were right, and the world is wrong.
2. You would talk about your Michael; I’d speak of my Michelle.
We each had loved not wisely, but oh so well
But Michael’s life was teaching; he just couldn’t take the chance;
And Michelle, a brave and lovely dancer, lived in her own cryptic dance
Chorus 2: You said: love doesn’t always know the rules.
You said: most people are scared of their own stuff.
They sanctify their fears; they bury their jewels,
But Jesus Christ, why won’t they let us love?
3. Eddie, at your funeral, I saw Michael with Michelle.
We stood and blankly wondered how you fell.
Then Michael said, I’ve got to move on - I guess I have no choice
But first we listened to an old recording of your voice…
4. That night at the Owl & Monkey, Michelle broke me the news:
She said “I’ll always love you, but we have to choose.”
She told me: “We both need something the other cannot give;
We need a love that’s strong but safe, a love that helps us live.”