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The Song I Never Heard

I met him in a bar in town
I was playing guitar  for some people that were down
But no-one there was listening
 just he was

He caught my eye as I sang some songs
Though he'd never heard them,  he sang along
So when my set was done I got a drink 
 and joined him

Now that's not the sort of thing I do
Cos strangers mostly make me blue

We talked a bit, 'bout gigs n things
guitars, songs and how to sing
He told me that some years ago 
 he used to do a show

A one-man act of songs he wrote
Tales he told  and jokes he spoke

[But in that|In all the] music he had made
 there was one song he'd never played.

Then he asked if he could sing it for his wife
He said she'd been the reason for his life

Then he sang:

I will come when you call
I will catch you when you fall
Through good times and bad
I'll share it all

For I love you.

I will stand by your side
For the rest of my life
forever, together
as husband and wife

For I love you

And as he sang, she came on in
Old and frail, and tired and thin
And she just looked at him

In his eye, I saw a tear
I guessed he didn't think, she'd find him here

This smokey little bar, strumming someones old guitar

And listener, that's when I was amazed
For then she went and joined him on the stage

and they sang


Well we shouted for more, yeah we clapped and we cheered
The drunks and the lonely, the loved and the feared
But they would not do an encore,
 She said "their song was done"

So I went to the bar, I wasn't gone long
But when I turned back, the lady was gone
And no-one there had seen what I had seen
It was as-if she had never been

I went back to my table, the old man was there
I gave him a drink, and sat in my chair
Then realised from his eyes
 nothing live was left inside

I'd never heard the song that they had sung for me
'though I'm sure that they still sing it in eternity