(from “No Regrets”)

When I open my eyes I can see you still
With the sunlight so gay glinting on the quay
All buttons and bows
And the bloom of the rose
You wore for me
Oh, I swore I’d return as a prince one day
With a ship full of gold for the world to see
Oh, I promised to then
Though I couldn’t say when
That day would be

Now long are the days
Since we lay in the fields so green
And long are the nights
To consider what might have been
And the song of the geese in the wind
Will call your name

Oh, the mountains just laught when I turn for home
Never mountains so high or a man so small
Is it hours to the shore
Or ten thousand miles more
Beyond recall
Such a fool to believe all the tales they told
Twice a fool just to kiss you and sail away
For they lied when they told
Of the rivers of gold
In America


If a word or a wish could transport me now
I would fly to your arms like a moth to flame
But I’m chained and I’m bound
To this cold, foreign ground
With none to blame
But does my love warm your heart through the cold, cold night
Does it twine round your heart as the roses grown
Or has love burned away’
Leaving ashes as gray
And cold as stone


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