Joe Jencks

In the Shadow of Your Ghost (5:03)

from The Coming Of The Years

We met when we were so much younger

You told me of your passion for this land

You said that one day we would go together

To a magic place where we’d walk hand in hand

You told me of your time you spent in Galway

At University, of all the joys you knew

Studying the cultures of the ancients

But sometimes there are dreams that don’t come true

I didn’t know you then and I don’t know you now

But somewhere in the middle we lived a life somehow

Now I’m standing by the river in the town you loved the most

As I walk the streets of Galway, in shadow of your ghost

Feeding chips to the seagulls by the harbor

Past the Spanish Arch you’d sit there on the wall

Writing for hours in your journal

Noting everything you felt and saw

I lean against the rail, as my tears fall in the water

The Friar’s River carries them away

I stare at my reflection, as if there were some answer

In the face that ripples staring back my way

I come to the Cathedral to sit and light a candle

For a love that changed the nature of my life

I wish you very well and pray that you are happy

Now it’s time to take my leave and say goodbye

Yes, I’m standing by the river in the town you loved the most

As I walk the streets of Galway, in shadow of your ghost
© 2018 & 2022, Joe Jencks, Turtle Bear Music ASCAP

updated: 2 months ago