Seventeen Again

from by Dan Kempster

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I had it pretty rough in the back end of '06
A year of breaking up and breaking down
But granted one more year, my head began to clear
And my feet at last made contact with the ground

I built a new life
With all this insight
No need to take my cues from you

With everything in ashes, like a phoenix born anew
I gaffer-taped a broken heart, I mended and made do
Kept telling myself good things were just around the bend
And now when I look back at then
I wish I could be seventeen again

In need of a new focus, I picked up a set of darts
And started working to a whole new dream
Every Tuesday night, I'd pack my stems and flights
And throw to represent my local team

I built a new life
On all those late nights
And counting back from five-oh-one

The smell of smoke and taste of beer, I never could forget
Nor the eccentricities of characters I met
Those nights felt so perfect and they never seemed to end
And now when I look back at then
I wish I could be seventeen again

When Joe brought his guitar to school and said 'let's form a band'
I instantly agreed to learn the drums
We found ourselves a space, enlisted Jash on bass
And wrote a bunch of really rocking songs

I built a new life
Keeping that band tight
And letting loose a 'crash-boom-bang'

We may have just been kids, but we were kids living the dream
With vision and ambition and our youth to keep us keen
Treading that fine line between what's real and pretend
And now when I look back at then
I wish I could be seventeen again

I built that old life
Time took it out of sight
And left behind this almost right
But not quite

These days all those things are lost, with nothing more to gain
Though I've still got darts and drums, nothing feels the same
What makes a moment special is the time, the place, the friends
I'll always look back at then
And wish I could be seventeen again


from Project 17, released December 16, 2013



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Dan Kempster Tring, UK

I'm a writer based in the town of Tring, United Kingdom. When I'm not writing fiction or playing drums with the rock covers band Sudden Gunfire, I like to pretend I can play guitar and write songs.

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