Oh Mama - plus!


Kristin Lems
words and music by Kristin Lems c 2005 Kleine Ding Music (BMI)


Written to a high school classmate I ran into at a concert. A fave.


Marynell, I did not know you very well

Marynell hello, how have you been?

Now nine years later here we sit

To hear this singer tell of it

And all those years drift back to me again.

2. I was lonely, you were probably lonely too

But in those days, I never would have known

High School kept us all apart

And we did not know how to start

To cut through the defenses we had grown.

3. The earliest of stirrings were already born inside

That, later on, would grow to greater length

We marched against the war, and Dr. King had not yet died

But we had not begun to test our strength.

4. How strange it passed, all those changes came so fast

As each new action burned upon our souls

It was a time to raise your voice, to try and make a moral choice

With freedom and equality our goals.

5. Marynell, I still don't know you very well

But we're part of something greater than ourselves.

Those restless days not far behind,

You at your school and I at mine

We took home more than books now on our shelves

6. I have the same convictions that I first knew back in school

Though quieter, they're with me everywhere

Though days of rage are silent now, these times are no less cruel

Tell me Marynell, do you still care?

Tell me Marynell, do you still care?

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