Rob Berretta

I Told Her Not to Come

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Rob Berretta
Rob Berretta

Lyrics

I promised I loved her and showed her the money

‘Twas enough for the passage, but only for me

Then I kissed her and flew ‘cross the wide, frozen sea

And would send for her soon as well,

I would send for her soon as well

 

I told her I’d letters from friends who had made it here

Bookbinders, shoemakers, the odd profiteer

For America’s free, we could live without fear

And we’d only be split for a spell

We would only be split for a spell, but

 

Chorus:

I told her not to come, I did

I told her not to come

And she’ll never forgive, but at least she can live

Without knowing what I’ve kept her from

Though it’s true that this land isn’t what it once was

And I’ve surely lost sight of my dream

She’ll never suspect ‘twas my heart to give pause

And that neither is now what we seem

Not this strange, hallowed country or me

 

I wrote her of pain, and the shame of rejection

The stares of the citizens, faces that shun

I told of the solace of feigned resignation

And whispers of anger and fright

Whispers of anger and fright

 

But I didn’t explain that my heart had stopped beating

When I looked at her picture the choirs wouldn’t sing

That this distance I’d summoned had killed all the yearning

And left me as cold as the night

And left me as cold as the night, then

(chorus)

 

For centuries past here, before the alarms

This nation of promise would open her arms

But native resistance and real foreign harm

Will keep these arms close for a while

Will keep these arms close for a while

 

Now as one of the last souls to pass through this border

A symbol of yore failed by new law and order

May this scarred land forgive that I’m slanderous toward her

For to keep my old love in denial

For to keep my old love in denial, for

(chorus)

 

© 2009 Rob Berretta