When It Was

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Written by Frank R. Serafine, 2014
In memory of Albert M. Serafine.

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He'd fall asleep on the couch in his alien boxers after dinner time
He believed he had nowhere better to be
Dinner was a sport of Olympic preparation,
Everything laid out nice and neat
And god help you if you'd try to interrupt his art
That's just the way it had to be
It had to be perfect, and when it was, it was really worth it
And who would begrudge a man his sleep after that

He could hold a conversation for as long as you'd need
If something or someone got him going
About the sea or space-time travel, or at least how he thought it'd be
If he ever spoke in anger, you knew there would be
a forthcoming apology.
And when he told a joke, man, he had you on your knees with laughter
Because it had to be perfect, and when it was, it was really worth it
He'd surprise himself as much as he'd surprise you,

That was him. That was him.
Genuine and easy as they come
That was him. That was him.
Everyday 'til his days were done
I'm proud today to say I'm his son

He had a wonderful life for 65 years,
And left behind a legacy
Of loving each day, though he may hate the weather,
There was no one else he'd rather be
When the sailor had passed, we gave him back to the sea
Scattered his ashes on the Mississippi
And some to the air in a place he'd always wanted to see
Just like he'd wanted it to be
It had to be perfect, and when it was, it was perfect

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from Looking Back, released January 18, 2016
Written and recorded by Frank R. Serafine

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