If I Had Known You

from by Carl Thomas Gladstone



If I'd Known You

If Id known you
as my music teacher in middle school
I'd have caused trouble
to see how far you'd go
but then would've sung a great solo
and called you 10 years down the road
to thank you for what you taught me

If I'd known you
as a hippie singing folk tunes
I'd have bootlegged a concert
on a reel to reel
and sent it to Bruce Cockburn
so he could hear who was the talent
and who was just the tool.

If I'd known you
In Europe with your denim
as a tourist seeing you and friend
I'd have taken your picture
and sent it to the States
to Grandpa and Grandmas house
to make your brother jealous

If I'd known you
in the Cantata choir
I'd have sat behind you next to Dad
pushing him to ask you out
and would have mentioned to you on the sly
the tall dark and handsome tenor

If I'd known you
in college with the cat
I'd have ridden along with Rick
and all your friends
Dreaming what your lives would hold
and taking down their numbers
for reference later

If I'd known you
In another life,
and all my schemes came true
I wouldn't have known better
I couldn't have done better
I wouldn't have known better
than to know you.


from Matchstick EP, released May 16, 2013




Carl Thomas Gladstone Detroit, Michigan

As a music and mischief maker on the prophetic edge Carl writes music as a discipline of justice-seeking and disruptive discipleship. He writes to engage people of faith and of no faith in deep questions and engaging stories that matter for the world.

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