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Something Unfinished (1987)

Something Unfinished (1987)

Words and Music ©1987, 2013 by Dallas Denny

Source: Denny, Dallas. (1987). Something unfinished. Unpublished recording.






Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne” was an influence on this song. Here, too, old flames meet in a grocery store.


Me, 6 December, 2013 (160 MBPS MP3)


Something Unfinished

By Dallas Denny

In the back seat at the drive-in

In his Chevrolet ’55

She was sixteen, he was twenty

They were together and very alive

They weren’t watching the movie

They were walking the edge of a line

But she had to be home by eleven

They didn’t quite do it that time


Then he was called to the service

She married a mechanic named Jim

He found him a nice German lady

And they had ’em a couple of kids

But she was a widow at fifty

He had a messy divorce

And whenever they thought of each other

It was always with a touch of remorse




And oh, oh, all of you ladies

And oh, oh, all of you men

Isn’t there something you never did finish

You’d finish if you got the chance


It was over thirty years later

He went out to buy him some beer

The lady at the checkout looked familiar

It sent them tumbling back through the years

He still had that very same Chevy

They sat there and talked long and good

But when they went to ride by the drive-in

There the Budget Motel now stood