If We Were

from by Arthur Lewis

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CHORUS:
If we were meant to be living and silently waiting
Why would we be
Given this precious and passionate life
Now we're
Waiting for the day
That the world will say
Everything we've hoped for has just come our way

A young man stands
Staring down
Into the deep blue ocean below
He reaches out his hand to me
Hopes that I'll take it
Hopes that I'll join him
I know this is a dream
On the other side
I see a beautiful garden
I don't know why or what it is
But I know
This is where I want to be
Living here inside this dream
Happy and alive and free, but...

He jumps
And he tries so hard to get across
But oh, he falls...

And I watch the fear across his face
As he begins to realize what he's done

I'm glad I stayed away
And I don't know what to say
As the waters drag him away

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And as I stand there missing him
He returns
Smiling his big crooked smile
He reaches out his hand to me again and I refuse it cause I can't swim
And I don't want to fall, and I'm afraid of falling
And I just don't think we'd ever get across

So I watch as he jumps
And he tries so hard to get across
But oh, he falls...

And as he tumbles
As I watch him falling
I am thinking of a time when I was young
And never thought about
The consequences or the reasons
For the things I dreamed about

And as I'm lost in thought
I watch as he comes back again
And makes the jump again and floats away again

I'm so afraid again
And I can't stand to watch him die
But I can't move

So I watch as he comes back again
And makes the jump again and floats away again
And I watch as he comes back

And I watch as he jumps
And he tries so hard to get across
But oh...
Oh...

And I finally realize my mistake
As he waves to me from on the other side
He's so happy
But I can't help feeling like something inside me has just died

Don't know why I stayed away
And I don't know what to say
So I turn and walk away

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from If We Were, released September 30, 2008

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Arthur Lewis New York

Singer, composer, and pianist from Queens, and founding member of Freestyle Love Supreme. I write indie soul songs and delight in spontaneous melody and open space.

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