Many Ways To Break A Heart

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On a Tuesday night on an empty train
There was a distant look on a young man’s face
I took a real deep breath let the moment last
When I reached his side I just had to ask,

“Can you tell me, son - have you seen a ghost?”
He took a long hard pause with both eyes closed

For a moment there I could almost feel his pain

Then he raised his voice and began to say

There’s so many ways to break a heart

Make your knees both hit the ground

Get the tears all falling down
But every stranger on a train is a second start
For a love that doesn’t bust
To finally find its way to us

Well I made my way to the window seat

And my newfound friend opened up to me

He said, “my daddy died a couple years ago,
Moved my mama in to a nursing home;

“Then a pink slip came, that was real bad news

But the worst by far if you want the truth
Is when we both gave up and she returned the ring”

And then he cleared his throat and began to sing

There’s so many ways to break a heart

Make your knees both hit the ground

Get the tears all falling down
But every stranger on a train is a second start
For a love that doesn’t bust
To finally find its way to us

My days are filled with sadness
And my nights are lonelier

Than the studio apartment

Where I used to live with her

Yeah my mama’s fading slowly
And I sure miss my old man

But I’m grateful for the stranger

Who asked me how I am, because


 - August 2017 -