Richard Shindell

Gethsemani Goodbye

I remember everything
how I went too far
how I lost my way
out on Bardstown Road

how I drove around in circles
til the morning slipped away
then headed back to Louisville
and kissed Gethsemani goodbye

all you really wanted
was to go see Merton's shed
to stroll around the garden
to pray beside his grave

but I refused to ask directions
just kept on driving like a fool
and when the interstate appeared
we kissed Gethsemani goodbye

it's just straight down 31
Broadway becomes Main
how I missed that turn
I will never know

I remember everything
how I went too far
how I lost my way
out on Bardstown Road

the friend you always needed
would've kept our morning plan
But I drove us back to Louisville
and kissed Gethsemani goodbye

updated: 7 years ago