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THE STORY OF OLD LOVE

THE STORY OF OLD LOVE
Songwriter/Artist: Frank Trainor

I TOLD MYSELF THE STORY OF OLD LOVE TONIGHT
EVERY PRECIOUS MEMORY IS STILL BURNING BRIGHT
LIKE THE FIRST TIME WE MET ON THE AVENUE
YOU WERE ALMOST TWENTY I WAS TWENTY-TWO

DO YOU THINK OF ME WHEN YOU HEAR SONGS WE’D SING
TIMES WHEN YOU AND I WERE UP FOR ANYTHING
I RECALL WE DID IT ALL AND HOW WE LOVED THE GAME
WE TOOK IT ON, WE HAD OUR FUN, WE FELT THE SAME

REMEMBER YOU WERE HAUNTED BY A YOUNG GIRL’S GHOST
SHADOWS IN YOUR EYES REVEALED HER THE MOST
DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT IN A SUMMER SKIRT
TRYING TO FORGET HER HEART HAD ONCE BEEN HURT

DO YOU THINK OF ME WHEN YOU HEAR SONGS WE’D SING
TIMES WHEN YOU AND I WERE UP FOR ANYTHING
I RECALL WE DID IT ALL AND HOW WE LOVED THE GAME
WE TOOK IT ON, WE HAD OUR FUN, WE FELT THE SAME

I HOPE THAT YOU ARE HAPPY AND YOU’RE DOING WELL
A GHOST GAVE ME THIS STORY I JUST HAD TO TELL
SHE’S HERE WITH ME DANCING ON THIS MOONLIT NIGHT
A SUMMER SKIRT, NO TRACE OF HURT, SHE’S ALRIGHT

DO YOU THINK OF ME WHEN YOU HEAR SONGS WE’D SING
TIMES WHEN YOU AND I WERE UP FOR ANYTHING
I RECALL WE DID IT ALL AND HOW WE LOVED THE GAME
WE TOOK IT ON, WE HAD OUR FUN, WE FELT THE SAME



THE STORY OF OLD LOVE was inspired by the age old spirit of youthful romance, never-ending summer nights and a ghost who gave me this story I just had to tell. The ghost in my song represents the pure and timeless spirit of the young girl in the song and the undying memory of her that the storyteller - the young man in the song, now older - sings about. In actual fact however, the ghost, as a creative touchstone for this song vision, was inspired by an actual ghost of a little girl that I happened to see one moonlit night in an old century house in rural Gatineau, Quebec, not far from Ottawa where I worked in 1973. There was an abandoned old church with a long neglected cemetary located within a stone's throw distance from that old house, so not surprising.

 


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