I'm writing you this dear John letter, just to say hello
A single wave still curling, & I'm headin' down
Into the Mystery Below

Don't know how to send my letter, can't use the US mail,
Might just shove it down an old whiskey bottle
And toss it off to sail

You didn't want to be forgotten
Without you I would not be here
I didn't know the world would last this long
..............but I'm still here

Not sure if you'll get my letter, it's natural to be gone
It'll get washed away in the tall tall grass
of your Mississippi River home


Writing you this dear John letter, not hoping for a reply,
Though the junkyards & the highways come between us,
You're ever gentle on my mind