It's Only Words

03:15
Hank and Claire
2014
Hank Payne

Story

Close as I can come to poetry. Someone in a song-writing workshop asked, “Don’t you think it’s cheap to offer your love only a grain of sand?” I’ll let the comment pass. Claire on bowed psaltery.

Lyrics

If you asked me for an ocean I’d give you a grain of sand

And tell you how your ocean washed it in my hand

If you said, “A salt sea ocean!” then a tear for you I’d cry

And tell you how your ocean washed that sand grain from my eye

 

It’s only words that I know

It’s all I have to tell you how I love you so

 

If you asked about the tide that tugs all at your shore

I’d pull you in my arms and tell you that’s what tides are for

And if you asked about the fishes that swim all in your sea

I’d say that you are silly, love, for there is only me

 CHORUS

 

If I could wish across the ocean for all the treasure in the sea

If all I had was just one wish, I’d wish you here with me

 CHORUS

-copyright Hank Payne

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