old friends

Thank you, Stephen Sondheim. I couldn’t have said it better if I tried.

Hey, old friends,
How do we stay old friends?
Who is to say, old friends,
How an old friendship survives?
One day chums
Having a laugh a minute,
One day comes
And they’re a part of your lives.

New friends pour
Through the revolving door —
Maybe there’s one that’s more.
If you find one, that’ll do.
But us, old friends,
What’s to discuss, old friends?
Here’s to us!
Who’s like us?

Two old friends,
Fewer won’t do, old friends —
Gotta have two old friends
Helping you balance along:
One upbraids you
For your faults and fancies,
One persuades you
That the other one’s wrong.

Most friends fade
Or they don’t make the grade.
New ones are quickly made,
Perfect as long as they’re new.
But us, old friends,
What’s to discuss, old friends?
Here’s to us!
Who’s like us?
Damn few!

Merrily We Roll Along (1981)

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