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  1. Treasures

From the recording The River Flows On

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© Felix Guerrero, 2014

In January of 2014, I was looking for a lost song's lyric sheet that I thought I might have tucked it away in my old shoe box of letters and trinkets from my teenage years. Ended up, I found a treasure in that box. It was a Snoopy and Lucy Christmas card that my then girlfriend, Suzanne, had drawn for me back in 1971. I became mesmerized by that card! I abandoned my search for that song lyric sheet and dug through that shoe box to find and read every letter Suzanne had ever sent me. And I kept going back to the love she had poured into making that special Christmas card for me. A spark came to life in my soul. The core of my heart had moved. I had searched for Suzanne on and off every few years, never finding a trace. But that night, I made a decision that I was going to find her, even if I had to hire someone!! Yes, we reconnected and after one long heart-to-heart chat, I made her a promise that I would write her a great song about us. I never had promised a song to anyone. But damn it, if Suzy had kept our memory and love alive for 43 years, THAT deserved a song if anything did!! That evening, I stayed up late to savor the experience of our reconnection, fell asleep around midnight. I woke up at 4am, with lyrics and a melody pounding in my head. I was sweating like I had been singing at an outdoor August concert in Houston, Texas. I jumped up and wrote the words and tune down. And a couple days later, on March 6 (the date of the fall of the Alamo), I finished the verses.

Lyrics

I was skiing with my teenaged son near frozen Keystone Lake.
We went out after dinner and took our hockey skates.
I turned around and saw him spray a pretty girl with snow
I smiled and remembered a Christmas long ago

We swore until forever, but we were both so young
Kept her picture in my wallet, through college and beyond
'Til I jumped in for a swim, I nearly lost her that day
I couldn't risk that picture, I put Suzy away.

Treasures I kept buried in my heart
Treasures. And now that I have started
To bring out memories I know what I must do
Go digging through my treasures for that picture of you

We got home from vacation but I couldn't get to sleep
Kept thinkin' 'bout that Christmas. So I went to where I keep
All my most precious things. I found the letters from her hand
And a poem I'd written but never gave Suzanne.

Treasures I kept buried in my heart
Treasures. And now that I have started
To bring out memories I know what I must do
Go digging through my treasures for that picture of you

I wonder what would happen
She's a phone call away
She broke my heart once before
What do I say?

Treasures from when you owned my heart
Treasures. Oh look what I have started
So many memories. I wonder if you knew
How much of my heart still belongs to you

She's a phone call away
Just a phone call away
Well, lookie here, I just found that picture of you
A phone call away.................................