Before words could go free,
there was a Stranger In A Strange Town...


Because a chance conversation with an Old Friend led me to you,
Because I did get it right, and you said you can try it,
Because your invite really did make me fall off my chair,
Because you had problems with blue-eyed men,
Because I had a problem with a brown-eyed girl,
Because our daughters were planning our wedding within a week,
Because the first time I looked into your eyes for real my heart smiled,
Because you weren't sure if I was a "yes" or a "no", and I liked that,
Because things went wrong on our third date, and it didn't matter,
Because my daughter asked if I was talking to my girlfriend,
Because things went right on our "fourth date", and it did matter,
Because we discovered that my Old Friend was your old neighbour,
Because you know who I am and do read it,
Because I am a goofy man, and you are a crazy lady,
Because I make up words like "quinquemensiversary",
Because the entire universe conspired to help me find you,

Because all of this is part of our story,
Because none of this is why I love you,

Because I love you
Because you are you,
And I am me,
And we are us.

Love is old, love is new
Love is all, love is you


She ran with passion, she ran with fire,
She climbed til she could get no higher,
And then, as happens with things like this,
She fell right into real life's abyss.

He said to her, "I'm going home now, bye,"
And left her there alone to cry.
She sat in shock, too numb to feel,
She wouldn't accept it hadn't been real.

She ran away to a virtual world,
And played there while her life unfurled,
And not quite ready for someone else,
She slowly started to find herself.

As time went by, she realized,
She'd seen real love in the one pair of eyes,
That had always seen the beauty in her,
Even when the mirror left her not quite sure.
(Especially then.)

And so she began the journey back home,
Not knowing if he could forgive that she'd roamed,
But knowing that if what she felt now was real,
And he felt the same, in time all would heal.

And they'd watch, hand in hand, as their sons became men,
And she knew what her greatest hope would be then:
That through all the good and through all the bad,
That life can bring on, they'd turn out like their dad.

For though he's not perfect, and sure has his faults,
He's worth more than what's in any bank vaults;
To the pyramids and back she went for to see,
The real treasure 'neath her sycamore tree.

Need You Tonight

"Don't worry, everything will work itself out."
These are the words that I say,
When you're tired and stressed and not feeling great,
After you've had a hard day.

Because I'm the calm one, rolling along,
Taking things just as they come,
Knowing that somehow it will all be alright.
So why am I now feeling numb?

Is it because it seems so far away
Until we can all live together?
Is that why tonight I feel so insecure?
Or is it just only the weather?

Whatever it is, I know it will pass;
Tomorrow I'll wake up just fine,
And I'll get back on track to do what must get done,
Before I can ask you, "be mine."

And yes love, I know, you already are,
Just as you know I am yours,
But sometimes my fears get the better of me,
And old doubts sneak up from before.

But those too shall pass, and it will be okay,
And things will fit right into place;
It's just one of those nights that I really need to
Look into your eyes, touch your face.

Eyes Wide Open

She walked into the bar;
(He'd always been right there.)
Their eyes met from afar,
And they became aware.

They talked, and laughed and sang,
And found their heart's content,
In secret chats, and dang,
The time just came and went.

They'd known right from the the start,
That it might never be,
Which did not stop their hearts,
From longing to be free.

And though it often seemed,
There was no point in hoping,
Each night they would dream
With their eyes wide open.