I played violin all growing up.
My mother said as soon as I could breath
My fingers longed for the strings
I could never sing,
I wasn’t never good at that.
But my fingers longed for the
Sweet song that they could
Hold, that they could feel when
I say I wasn’t never good at singing
But the truth is, I wasn’t ever special
At violin neither
I only ever played second chair
All growing up that’s what I got
But I was the most reliable second
Chair you ever did see
I never missed a practice
I was always five minutes early
If you are on time,
My father used to say,
You are five minutes late
But maybe that was it.
Maybe I was just
It was a Tuesday,
I remember it as a Sunday,
But that’s just because it’s my
Favorite day of the week
They finally asked me
To move up to first chair
I told them I wanted to
But I told them I was moving
I said I’d practice everyday
I said I’d be even better when
I got to come back
That’s all they ever did tell me
That’s as close as I got
I spent the year practicing
I thought of nothing but playing
Nothing but sitting in that first chair
How proud my parents could finally be
I could sit with my chin up
Knowing I sat in the first chair
But on the drive cross country
My violin broke
Her strings had been snapped
And her neck split
Someone had gone and punched
A hole in her body
My family never came from money
My violin was a gift
One part birthday
And two parts Christmas
I knew I wasn’t getting one soon
My fingers would grow slow and clumsy
Before I could pick up another
I realized the first chair would always be
Just out of reach
I’m a second chair violinist
I wasn’t always no good
I used to have a chance
But I ain’t got none now I’m a second chair violinist
And that’s where I’ll stay
I shouldn't be allowed to go downtown.
See, I do this thing, where I fall in love real fast. I could swear to you I met my wife downtown today.
Fourteen different times.
I didn't keep bumping into the same girl, either. I met fourteen different girls who I would have gladly bent a knee to.
When I use the word "met" I mean it in its loosest meaning. I mean it as: We made eye contact.
The word "we" is also a loose interpretation which would be more aptly described as: I saw.