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Letter From A Friend
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: Bobby Sheehan

Never a day goes by when I can't see his face
And I can hear a thundering voice that no one will replace
But since he left you've been hiding out and I can understand
It seems to me about that time you should be coming back again


I can feel the pain
That won't go away
We can't change that he left us
But it's up to you to stay

And I will make sense of it all
Gonna try to make sense of it all
You ask me why
'Cause it's all I can do
I miss him every day
But now I miss you

I know it hurts right now but you've got to keep moving on
And I know how good it can feel when you're safe and withdrawn
But he can live in our memory and you don't yet have that choice
'Cause you're still here and to speak to me you're gonna have to use your voice

I ain't telling you what's right
And I ain't telling you what's wrong
But it's he who has died
And it's you who has gone

And I will make sense of it all
Gonna try to make sense of it all
You ask me why
'Cause it's all I can do
I miss him every day
But now I miss you

I know you're thinking now you must go through this alone
But it's time to come home

I can feel the pain
That won't go away
We can't change that he left us
But it's up to you to stay

And I will make sense of it all
Gonna try to make sense of it all
You ask me why
'Cause it's all I can do
I miss him every day
But now I miss you

1993 Blues Traveler Pub. Corp.

First release: Save His Soul
Released: 04/06/1993
Earliest time played: 12/26/1992
Last time played: 07/04/2013
Playing frequency:
  31 plays (see all shows)
  1.67% of shows in the database
  2.02% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  This song was written to David Graham, one of the band's first managers, after the death of his father, promoter Bill Graham. Certain lyrics ["and I hear a thundering voice that no one will replace"] indisputably refer to Bill.
  When Bill died, David retreated into silence, and the band wrote this song to help him come out. Word has it that he hates the song.
  This was going to be released as a single off of the album, according to one GAAG. No single has ever been found.
  Back when this song was played more frequently, John could never remember the name correctly - it has been referred to as "Letter Of", "Letter To" and "Letter From A Friend".

Other recordings of "Letter From A Friend":
  Blues for the Mitten State, 1993


thundering voice
A reference to rock promoter and band mentor Bill Graham, whose temper was legendary. Graham died in a helicopter accident in October of 1991 and the band wrote this song soon afterward.
you've been hiding out and I can understand/It seems to me about that time you should be coming back again
The "you" in these verses (and the rest of the song) is also the "Friend" in the title of this song - David Graham, Bill's son. The younger Graham, along with several of his clasmates at Columbia University, formed Blues Traveler's first management group, Music Unlimited.