Once I Had (Ballad of Nick Keir)

from by Brigid Kaelin

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Once I had a garden in Old Town, and a gate and bicycle too.
And a cobblestone street and an old apple tree,
once i had a friend in you.

You stood up so straight in the spotlight,
but hunched in the shadows and sang.
And you touched my shoulder and said to remember
that once i had everything

once i had a slow french waltz and a single malt
and a book of old Burns poetry
And a Christmas card and a custom guitar
Once I had a friend in thee.

It's so nice to meet you, here's a key to my flat
and a bottle of whisky, i heard you liked that
I'll be just down the street for a stay with my mum,
if you need anything, please give me a call.

I've left you a slow french waltz and a single malt
and a book of old Burns poetry
And a welcome card and a custom guitar
now I have a friend in thee.

We waltzed in the back of the room to your song
the boy he was only ten days young
if it weren't for you, we wouldn't be here
so thanks for the music, the friends, and the cheers

When i think of a slow french waltz, a single malt,
and a book of old Burns poetry.
I'll think of the songs, I'll toast to you, slainte.
Glad I once had a friend in thee.


from Those Who Drift Away, released July 28, 2017


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A "plucky redhead," a "genre-defying vaudeville rocker," and an "amazing multi-instrumentalist," Brigid Kaelin is a full-on entertainer. You've read her blog, heard her on the BBC and on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion," seen her play accordion with Elvis Costello, and laughed and cried at her original alt-country cabaret songs. Maybe it's time to buy her albums? ... more

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