To Suzanne and Friends
June 1, 1996
We’re gathered here to celebrate
Your coming graduation;
So I’ve composed a toast that rhymes
To say congratulations.
I’ve watched you go through Altamont,
Through good times and through bad;
Sometimes you’ve made me happy, and
Sometimes you’ve made me mad.
I remember the City Stages night
When you all came home at three;
I remember the snowstorm at Carriage Place
When you were caught in the freeze.
I remember Nelson’s confession
That he had bought the beer;
I remember the concert in Tuscaloosa
That you weren’t supposed to hear.
Somehow throughout your escapades,
When you were all a mess;
I knew we’d be sitting here one night
Toasting your success.
Tonight I’m proud to honor you,
Not because you’re college bound;
But because you’ve grown together
And deep friendship you’ve found.
For I can tell you clearly
When things don’t go your way;
These special friends you’ve gathered here
Will get you through the day.
So cling to one another
No matter where you roam;
Go your way and make new friends,
But treasure those from home.
Please join me as I raise my glass,
As I propose a toast;
To friends you’ll have for all your life,
To those you love the most.
May each of you go off to find
The dreams within your heart;
But may time and distance never keep
These friends too far apart.