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  1. Longest Shortest

From the recording From Those Sweet Ashes (2020)

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Lyrics

Longest Shortest
Music and lyrics by Jeremy Facknitz
Copyright 2020 Jeremy Facknitz, ASCAP. All rights reserved.

VS. 1
So you found me, where you left me
tired and barely dressed
Waving one last long goodbye
to the contemplative mornings and the “me, myself and I”
'Cause I’m a father to these children
these chicks within my nest
their gaping mouths to feed
Such precious little bundles of ever-present need

CHORUS 1
Here in the longest shortest time
I pine for the life I’ve left behind
my love knows no bounds but any time that’s mine, I cling to madly

VS. 2
But they forgive me, and they give me
love that’s unsurpassed
And they often make me smile
even though I haven’t slept straight through the night in quite awhile
People tell me, they always tell me
“Man your kids grow up so fast”
Someday I’ll realize
Even though I see it coming, it will come as a surprise

BRIDGE 1
These days go on forever
but these years are slipping through my hands

CHORUS 2
Here in the longest shortest time
the steepest of hills I’ll ever climb
but just when you think it never ends, it ends as good things tend to

BRIDGE 2
Be here and love her madly
soak up his laughter now and then
Hold each “I love you daddy”
These times will never come again
Someday, they’ll both be married
Someday, they’ll hardly call at all
Someday, I’ll barely know them

CHORUS 2
Here in the longest shortest time
the steepest of hills I’ll ever climb
but just when you think it never ends…