The Ride of Our Lives

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This song means a lot to me, since it's built around a true story (unlike the majority of my material which is gleaned from unsubstantiated rumours and bald-faced lies). The Ride Of Our Lives tells the story of my mother, Jean, and her best friend Mary, growing up together in post-war England, and how their friendship endured into adulthood. Although my mother remained in England, while Mary ended up marrying an American and settling in the US, their lives (and the lives of their children) remained entwined. Mary's American husband would become my Godfather, and in case anyone wants to point fingers, it was his invitation for me to come over to America, back in 1978, that resulted in me actually moving here.


Two little girls from the county of Kent, freed from the shadows of war
Out of the darkness, into the sunshine, free to be children once more
They'd grow up together, lives together bound
Hands across the garden, streets and towns

Well, kiss and tell, pigtails and inkwells, daisy stems in jam jars
Turned to dates upon roller skates, and friday nights at The Star
Mary met an American, stole her heart away
Jean she fell for a northern boy, down from Lincolnshire way

Old country, new love, lives entwined
Godparents, bridesmaids and best man smiles
"Everyone hold on tight" they said
Soldiers to brand new brides
"Everyone hold on tight" they said
"We're in for the ride of our lives"

Before too long, us kids came along, and we too would all become friends
We played in the haze of long summer days, and we thought that they never would end
Off to the Isle of Sheppey in a Singer Gazelle
A cold dip and a warm pop, on the pebbles and shells

Funfair reunions, arcade smiles
Hands across the water, oceans wide
"Everyone hold on tight" we'd say
Atop of the carpet slide
"Everyone hold on tight" we said
"We're in for the ride of our lives"

Well, we grew up fast and memories past, sit safe on the picture book page
See how they've grown, these kids of our own, now it's their turn up on the stage
A sadness full of beauty takes my breath away
I wish they knew each other, like we did back in the day

Sisters and brothers, hopes and fears
Fathers and mothers dry the tears
"Everyone hold on tight" we say, as they prepare to fly
"Everyone hold on tight" we say
"You're in for the ride of your lives"


from The Ride of Our Lives EP, released October 21, 2011
Steve Robinson - Acoustic guitars, mandolin, keyboards, lead & background vocals
Tim Lorsch - Viola
Emma Robinson - Background vocals



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