If Only

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lyrics

The rusty old strings on this withered guitar
Still tell a story of a love so far-
Gone are the days of this tale that is told
Gone are the days of a kindly old soul
For heartache and heartbreak can do a man in
It seemed with this woman, he never could win
If only, If only, If only

Love like this was a one-sided war
Love like this; he couldn't endure
For one to keep loving, the other keep living;
He's left on the shore
Of a phantasmal vision in his head

This fret on this string strikes a note from the past
Bringing back memories of what he thought would last
Of a girl that was dancing 'round his heart in a dress
Of the time that he spilled his whole heart and confessed
Without her he wouldn't be able to live
It would be his whole heart, his whole soul he would give
If only, If only, If only

He can still see her dancing like and old roll of film
The scratchy and splotchy memories make him ill
If only. If only, If only

Love like this was a one-sided war
Love like this; he couldn't endure
For one to keep loving, the other keep living;
He's left on the shore
Of a phantasmal vision in his head

Forty years in the making; forty years that flew by
She dug through his drawers and she started to cry
A recording he'd made of all those old songs
Etched into vinyl that sat for so long
There was the chord she'd known and loved
And the kindly old voice; pure and soft as a dove
If only, He sings, If only

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from Thistill EP, released July 27, 2014

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