Quiet Time
words and music by Bill Pere

In the quiet time when day surrenders to night,
And summer gives way to fall in September
The leaves, having turned too many times since you've gone
Say it's been too long since I remembered

The moon-cloaked pale of evening, the shadows of these bars
Say I won't be leaving; It's been fifteen years so far...

I remember how you said you loved me,
And how sorry you were that you ever married him
The curse that coursed through his soul
Was the only thing that carried him
Through his drunken nights and drugged-up daze
Where he tried to make up for the things in life that he missed
The gentle kindness you'd always give
Only met with a message from his fist...
 
In the funny way that life weaves its spells,
The paths of our pathos crossed each others and fell
Together, they intertwined,
And for one brief fleeting moment I saw the sunlight shine
The lamp-lit eyes of the night
Kept our secret as we'd meet while he was off in some bar
That night I held you close, you shook with fright;
I wondered what you meant when you said he'd finally gone too far...

In the quiet time when day surrenders to night,
And summer gives way to fall in September
The leaves, having turned too many times since you've gone
Say it's been too long since I remembered

The sky is strung with starlight like pearls about to fall
This cell can't hide me from those memories of that night I came to call...

The dewdrops on the lawn,
Like the scattered necklace lying there
The one I stumbled upon,
The one I gave you and you said you'd always wear
Then I saw him lying there on the floor
Cold and empty like the life he gave you
Your footprints leading out the back door
Said you couldn't take it any more

As I smoothed away the last telltale trace
Of what you had done, there was a smile on my face
As the red lights and sirens came my way
I knew there was only one thing I could say
The confession that I signed
Said I'd committed some awful crime
But deep in my heart I knew
It really only said that I love you...

  Bill Pere. All Rights Reserved

 

 


"If a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be worth,  I wonder what would happen to this world?"  --- Harry Chapin