For Absent Friends

Album: Nursery Cryme (1971)
  • Sunday at six when they close both the gates
    A widowed pair,
    Still sitting there,
    Wonder if they're late for church
    And it's cold, so they fasten their coats
    And cross the grass, they're always last.

    Passing by the padlocked swings,
    The roundabout still turning,
    Ahead they see a small girl
    On her way home with a pram.

    Inside the archway,
    The priest greets them with a courteous nod.
    He's close to God.
    Looking back at days of four instead of two.
    Years seem so few (four instead of two).
    Heads bent in prayer
    For friends not there.

    Leaving twopence on the plate,
    They hurry down the path and through the gate
    And wait to board the bus
    That ambles down the street.Writer/s: ANTHONY BANKS, MICHAEL RUTHERFORD, PETER GABRIEL, STEVEN HACKETT
    Publisher: CARLIN AMERICA INC
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