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Once Upon A Time

– Jem Finer

The hour’s late and the lights are low
I’m walking home just kicking stones
I waited at the depot, you never showed
You missed the last bus hours ago
I remember the first time I saw you on the street
You looked so pretty, my heart skipped a beat
I can’t wait any longer but I still feel the heat
I’m down but I’m still on my feet

I walked on down by the old fairground
Up from the docks blew a lonely sound
I sat for a while on the cold hard ground
Watched the stars slowly turn as the earth spun around
As the past falls behind up ahead there’s a crack
Of light shining bright through the night so black
Like a runaway train rolling down the track
From here there’s no turning back

Listen to me baby
Once upon a time
My heart was an ocean
You swam against the tide
The time is past for grieving
My tears have all run dry
I’ll leave you with my love
And now I say goodbye

The bottles broken, the glasses are cracked
The cards are all dealt and the chips have been stacked
The lamp shades busted and the curtains are torn
The door keeps knocking, but there’s nobody home
I stood by the road, brushed a tear from my eye
Cursed the cars and the rain and the rolling gray sky
I turned around, turned my back on that town
And I never looked back again