Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Open Honesty

When I was overseas in the Air Force, William would send me lyrics. There was never a letter, never a card, only the occasional big fat envelope filled with page after page of poetry for me to put to music.  That's not a bad thing... we just didn't need that much communication. Obviously, getting a big fat envelope of lyrics means, "add some music".

Sometimes I could do it, and I'd sometimes send back a tape.  Sometimes... for whatever reason... my muse let me down. Sometimes I simply wasn't ready for the song. Every so often I go back through what I call "the blue notebook" and see if I'm ready for any of them. BTW... "the blue notebook" lost its cover many, many years ago. William and I are the only two people in existence who even know what color it was.  And now, so do you.

Open Honesty originally had a different rhyme scheme until I decided to shuffle the lines and deal them out in a different order. Sometimes that happens. As for the subject, I asked William who he was mad at when he wrote it. The answer... "some girl". This is the indelible mark on history by which she will be remembered.




Open Honesty
wmh (June 1986... revised July 2, 2013)

Seems to me you have some hidden doubt
You want to know just what I'm all about
So you pull my veil to see my face
Just to get a taste.

And what was it that you found there?
A pale and often haunted stare?
I need to know cause I've seen it before
In my own mirror.

Perhaps you saw yourself mirrored in my eyes
A thin yet useful disguise
Often draped in someone else's lies
Or maybe you saw someone you knew
Or one time thought you wanted to
A person just like you.

That's it
Open Honesty
Two words never meant to be
Open and honesty
You never let me in...
You gave me true lies and alibis
And every reason in the world
Why there could never be
Open Honesty.

I won't fight this battle anymore.
You're like the evergreen outside my door
Whose seasons turn but leaves don't fall
You never change at all

Perhaps you saw yourself mirrored in my eyes
A thin yet useful disguise
Often draped in someone else's lies
Or maybe you saw someone you knew
Or one time thought you wanted to
A person just like you.

That's it
Open Honesty
Two words never meant to be
Open and honesty
You never let me in...
You gave me true lies and alibis
And every reason in the world
Why there could never be
Open Honesty.

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