Remember when you read Shel Silverstein to me while we giggled on the top bunk in your room? You sang the clucking chicken song from The Muppets when we drove in the car, and you did it better than me. We liked Billy Joel’s Piano Man, and all I could imagine was an actual piano with eyes, legs and arms. We laid on the living room floor with our chins cupped in our hands and watched Superman, and when you introduced me to Michael Jackson’s Thriller video for the first time, and I was scared, you said, “don’t be scared Nikol, it’s just makeup”. You ate dinner with us more nights than you didn’t it seemed, and I yelled at you when you got chocolate chip cookie on my book. But I didn’t stay angry long. To us you were our older brother, and we loved you. You made us laugh. We were always laughing. That’s what kids are supposed to do, isn’t it? I don’t remember a time when you weren’t in my life…except for when you weren’t anymore. And I missed you. I still miss you. Happy Birthday.

How, how we carried on
How I used to walk with you and talk with you
Until I moved away
Oh, although some things may change
Others stay the sameWe’re not four anymore
But can you come out and play
You wore pigtails and hand me downs
I banged the piano played the clown
And though time slips away
It can never replace how you’ll always be hereIn this heart of me
Lucy and Linus and Charlie Brown
Oh how Snoopy he never left the ground
Oh that is trueYou remember me like I remember you

Oh, I wonder where you are
My heart says you’re not far from me
It’s so hard for me, to leave those years behind
cotton candy, carousels
Got to find a wishing well to wish you back to me
That’s the way I feel inside

You wore pigtails and hand me downs
I banged the piano played the clown
And though time slips away, it can never replace
How you’ll always be here in this heart of me
Lucy and Linus and Charlie Brown
Oh how Snoopy he never made a sound
Oh, that is trueYou remember me like I
How we laughed in the face of danger
Tanto and Lone Ranger
There were no mountains we could not climb
We soared like eagles cross the sky
Heaven knows, how I miss your little toes

You wore pigtails and hand me downs
I banged the piano played the clown
And though time slips away it can never replace
How you’ll always be here in this heart of me
Lucy and Linus and Charlie Brown
Oh how Snoopy he never left the ground
Oh that is trueYou remember me like I,
You remember me like I
You remember me like I remember you….
Like I remember you

-Brian McKnight

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