Good-bye

I don’t know what I’m doing here
Why I feel I have to to sing
I’m not sure if I want you here
Want you to be listening
But you asked me once if I still loved you
So I’m saying what I couldn’t then

That I still want you
By and by
That I still miss you
By and by
That I will always love you
By and by
That I will always wish you now:
Good-bye

You met me in the summer
In the dawning of my years
My parents didn’t like you
And you’d dealt other hurts and fears
And I wandered on my merry way
And you’ve rambled off on yours

And I still want you
By and by
And I still miss you
By and by
And I will always love you
By and by
And I will always wish you now:
Good-bye

Now the fears are wearing lightly
Now the hurts’ worn mostly thin
I still carry threadbare memories
Patchwork thoughts of could-have-been
You’d called me up to ask me,
Garbed in I’m sorry, and did I love you still

Now I still want you
By and by
Now I still miss you
By and by
Now I will always love you
By and by
Now I must always wish you now:
Good-bye

It’s a good life that I’m living
Even with the world on fire
Perhaps it’s just the virus
Making me remember old desire
I’m smarter when I’m waking
But when I dream I say:

But I still want you
By and by
But I still miss you
By and by
But I will always love you
By and by
But I will always wish you now:
Good-bye

Now I don’t say this lightly
But somehow my heart has room
For two men and it’s fighting
Someday I think I’ll go kaboom
Yet my husband is a good man,
I love him, and he’s mine

Yet I still want you
By and by
Yet I still miss you
By and by
Yet I will always love you
By and by
Yet I will always wish you now:
Good-bye

There isn’t a place in the world I live
For a woman with two lives
Or two hearts, or two of anything
Still less, for of two minds!
While my heart has room for both of you
My world is far too small

While I still want you
By and by
While I still miss you
By and by
while I will always love you
By and by
while I will always wish you now:
Good-bye

I know all this is to my shame
If in my thoughts I sin
And I know that I’m to blame
Though I bide and bide again
It’s why I keep so silent
Though I here lay down my pride

Though I still want you
By and by
Though I still miss you
By and by
Though I will always love you
By and by
Though I will always wish you now:
Good-bye.

There’s another life I’m living
There’s no room in it for you
I’m married to another man
I bear his children too
So we’re growing old together
So there’s not much more to say

So I still want you
By and by
So I still miss you
By and by
So I will always love you
By and by
So I will always wish you now:
Good-bye

I hope that you’ll think well of me
I hope that you’ll walk with peace
I hope that you are doing well
I hope that you find your ease
I hope that you’ll call me up sometime
I hope that you’ll understand it’s why

That I still want you
By and by
That I still miss you
By and by
That I will always love you
By and by
That I will always wish you now:
Good-bye

Bye, and bye
Oh love,
Good-bye.

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