Song Lyrics - C'mon Over Friend

I stayed up all night just to see if I could
I got pretty drowsy but I was still feeling good
I started thinking about the people in my neighborhood
I don't know them even though I know I should

I watched the sun come up as the moon left town
I decided to knock on a door just to see who was around
“We never talk even though we share the same ground”
He said ”I know” and a new friend is what I found

Come on over friend
And let's break some bread
Turn off these gadgets
Let’s get to know each other instead
Come on over friend
Let's have ourselves a drink
Come on over friend
Tell me what you think

I told him why I was there and he definitely agreed
"Going back to the old days is what we all need"
He thanked me for planting a friendship seed
I said, “It's a start, let's see where it will lead”

Come on over friend
And let's break some bread
Turn off these gadgets
Let’s get to know each other instead
Come on over friend
Let's have ourselves a drink
Come on over friend
Tell me what you think

I told him, "I had answers but now I just have questions"
He said, “It's the same with me, do you have any suggestions?”
“Why don't we stop worrying about troubles and possessions
Let's just raise a glass and count all our blessings”

Come on over friend
And let's break some bread
Turn off these gadgets
Let’s get to know each other instead
Come on over friend
Let's have ourselves a drink
Come on over friend
Tell me what you think

A year's passed and it's still the same
My friend moved and I barely remember his name
I look at myself and say "I know who's to blame"
He probably wonders why I even came

The doormat doesn't say welcome
The curtains are drawn shut
Isolation is my preference
My neighbors think I'm a nut

Come on over friend
And let's break some bread
Turn off these gadgets
Let’s get to know each other instead
Come on over friend
Let's have ourselves a drink
Come on over friend
Tell me what you think

COPYRIGHT FEBRUARY 2011. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. THE SUBURBAN POET





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stclairjack 5 years ago from middle of freekin nowhere,... the sticks

i liked this line soo much....

....I told him, "I had answers but now I just have questions" He said, “It's the same with me, do you have any suggestions?”....

we start out with questions, then we think we have all the answers, then we realize that we still have tons of questions,...in the end, we learn that its not so much about the questions, everyone has questions,.... its the courage to ask them.

i liked this one a lot. voted up.


Pachuca213 5 years ago

This was beautiful....I loved it!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@stclairjack - thank you for commenting... much of this is true as I did meet a friend but he's in Australia now... he's much older than me and is gay so that was an interesting couple of conversations but whatever... it was strictly beers and a couple of cigs as we talked.

@Pachuca - good to see you again and thank you!


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LaurieDawn 5 years ago

Ahh Poet, another brilliant piece of prose from you. The neighbors we never meet, we see in passing but never take the time to get to know, for whatever reason there may be. I loved the stanza,

"The doormat doesn't say welcome

The curtains are drawn shut

Isolation is my preference

My neighbors think I'm a nut"

That pretty much sums up me! And I am sure my neighbors think I am a nut too!

Great work Poet.

Blessings and hugs,

Laurie


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Laurie - thank your for the nice comments. Right now I'm living in a small place and I just come and go and do my socializing elsewhere. The neighbors see me and I wave but then I hole up and think of new hubs or just eat and sleep. It's unfortunate that we see someone and at times impute negatives on them because they are loners or wish to be left alone. I have to admit I don't like "pop-ins" or spontaneous visits. I like to control my environment so an invite is definitely the way I solicit company. My neighbor across the street was one of those who is retired and was always out on his porch when I arrived from work or wherever. In fact I was becoming a bit annoyed that he was always there as I was feeling the pressure to communicate with him and most times I just wanted to go inside and chill on my own. Finally he waved me over as for weeks we would make eye contact and say hello. It turned out to be a pleasant evening as we drank and philosophized. He turned out to be a retired professor, well-traveled and full of stories. I think I surprised him too with my "ahem" depth (hey I'm a writer too!) as I don't look the part with my scruffy appearance on weekends and my boots. Anyway he comes to the States on and off and I'll probably see him again this summer....

This was for him...


Nan 5 years ago

We need to practice knowing our neighbors. If you want a friend be a friend. Your words painted a beautiful picture.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Nan - so true and thank you for commenting!


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Stigma31 5 years ago from Kingston, ON

Excellent song! People do need to communicate more today. Everything starts with a simple "hello", I forgot that for a longtime....


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi,

A great hub and yeswhat is so difficult about a sincere smile and a greeting when you are out and about.

Thank you so much for sharing this one.

take care

Eiddwen.


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

It's nice to know you dedicated your poem to someone - it makes it so real. Nice tune too (in my imagination).


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Stigma - Thank you. That's very true. A hello and their face lights up. Then you're drifting over there and before you know it you're finding out about their life...

@Eiddwen - thank you for commenting. The smile and a greeting is very characteristic of my hometown of Laredo which is why I wrote a poem about it. I was visiting my father and I noticed people hugging and lingering at the grocery store, just visiting...

@chspublish - Thank you. The thing is he doesn't evev know that he inspired this thing. I hope to see him again when he returns from down under and show it to him...


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi SP, i'm sure these words would work perfectly in a song. We had neighbours who kept to themselves until my cheerful greetings finally got a response. We discovered we had a lot in common over time, until we moved away. We have music parties and lots of our neighbours are invited and a few rock up. cheers now record it so we can hear it please.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@sttemptedhumour - thank you for commenting... I hope something comes of this but if not at least I had the moment that sparked the song.


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IN2Deep 5 years ago

That was awesome-I have lived her for 20+ years and only Really know about 5-7 neighbors-and thats cause they are family.Not that I don't want to know them-but-I think I just get caught up in my own world-and life is so busy-to stop sometimes-but I guess maybe I'm missing out-Now I wanna go knock on a neighbors door**You Home :) great song


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@In2Deep - thank you for commenting. We're all caught in our own little world. It's hard to take the time to just visit for a couple of hours. We rush home, make dinner and then just collapse if we're lucky on the sofa.... most times people then deal with their children's homework or other things...


Marina Lester 5 years ago

I wish we could be friends with our neighbors and be more of a face to face society. It is sad how far away from real interaction we are heading... Enjoyed the write Poet, another issue which needs to come up more and more. I look into a cafe and notice everyone inside texting and typing away on lab tops and cell phones, I couldn't help but think it would be cool if everyone there could mingle together instead. I also wonder how many others think so as they type away as I am doing right now... :P Cheers.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Marina - Sometimes I'll be out and about and I'll see a couple who appear to be on a date and both of them are staring at their cell phone typing away. I wonder if they really even know each other very well. it's hard enough for men and women to figure each other out and the isolation of texting makes it worse in my opinion. Everyone seems to be wanting to be somewhere else. The real challenge is to engage someone's mind right there in front of you...

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