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Long Way to Another Friend

Words & Music by Charlie Maguire © 2001 Mello-Jamin Music. All rights reserved.

"Long Way" was the title song for my first album in 1978 on Train on the Island Records, a cooperative label from one the longest- living music cooperatives of the era; June Apple; which was based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I actually wrote the song five years earlier in Scottsbluff, Nebraska when I was working for VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and was missing my Minnesota friends. Lately this song has taken on a new meaning for me with the death of Bill Sarjeant of Saskatchewan, who was a great friend of folk music in Canada and around the world.

To Bill a safe journey, and to the fearlessly talented singers of Saskatoon I dedicate this song. You know what being a friend is all about!

Play Sample

Verse:

C                 F-G           C        G        
If you're leaving me, have you got the fare?
C                 F-G       C              G
If you're leaving me, have you a coat to wear?
F                 E              F
If you're leaving me, are your shoes in good repair?
C                                      G                C
'Cause it's a long, long, long, long, way, to another friend

Additional verses:

If you're leaving me, are you rested for the road?
If you're leaving me, are your stories told?
If you're leaving me, do you bear a lighter load?
'Cause it's a long, long, long, long, way, to another friend

If you're leaving me, is it early in the day?
If you're leaving me, can you find your way?
If you're leaving me, can I ask you once more to stay?
'Cause it's a long, long, long, long, way, to another friend


Previous Songs: Rainfall Has Turned to Snow * I Like It Here/O Cold and Misery * Winter on the Farm * Darling * Fine Old Lady * The Teton Dam * Towboat * The Hinkley Fire * Fall Is Here * L'Etoile Du Nord * Goodnight Baby * Gypsy Woody * The B. C. Rail * Play Us a Waltz * Ozawindib

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