adventures in dysthymia

Saturday, March 19, 2005


What’s the point? You’ll make me sad again;
I never want to feel that bad again.
Never want to love and lose again;
I don’t need to have the blues again.
What’s the point, when love must fade away?
My heart says I should have stayed away;
But my heart hopes that you won’t throw away
All I give to you, and go away.

refrain 1
It would be easy to turn my back on love,
Go and blame romance for all my woes.
Say it’s written in the stars above;
Say love is a book that I should close.

refrain 2
Ah, but fate is funny, don’t you know?
Those expectations go awry.
Let the curtain rise on a new show;
Let me give love another try.

It’s not destiny, nor meant to be,
But life has carried you to me.
Time and tide won't be denied,
So lets just ride, side by side.

refrain 3
What’s the point? Must we run and fall?
Fall in love, time and time again?
I’ll never understand at all,
But I will try to love again.

Stephen Brooke ©2005

I've been reading a book called Listening to Classic American Popular Songs which is essentially a textbook on the way pop songs were written in the 20s, 30s, and 40s. Decided to give the 'classic' form a try here (it's still very first draft-ish), complete with the introductory 'verse.' Verse and refrain had a bit different connotations in pop songs back then than in the second half of the Twentieth Century. I'll keep working on it...the tune too, of course. Cole Porter, I'm not!

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