From the recording Friends & Other Strangers

Lyrics

BACK WHEN YOU WERE FREE
(Rick Lugg)

Your image was transparent
To the glasses of deception
We both could have surrendered
To a warmer reception
We have known the moment
Known in depth its exception
Known the distance, looking longingly
And I wish I knew you
Back when you were free

Your voice was the music
The rhythmical expression
That belied its creator
In the bowels of depression
In the agony of lost hope
We make our concessions
Change the song into a different key
And I wish I knew you
Back when you were free

Your eyes shone with sorrow
And a tender frustration
Bit more than bitterness
At the heels of elation
Offered and retracted
Without reservation
Buried deep in that which used to be
And I wish I knew you
Back when you were free

Your smile turned at the edges
To a question and a lie
Quivered in the grey light
And we could not justify
The minutes we were given
Or the way we said goodbye
Waving from a rotting balcony
And I wish I knew you
Back when you were free

Your truth and your appearance
Completely unexpected
Distinctions blurred so easily
At the second we connected
That we never glanced around
At those left unprotected
But your secrets are safely locked with me
And I wish I knew you
Back when you were free

Your marriage to tradition
And the weakness of your will
Leave you rigid and unbending
Scrounging for your fill
Convince me that you're moving
When I know you're standing still
Lady, look at this hypocrisy
And I wish I knew you
Back when you were free
And I wish I knew you
Back when you were free