Mike's Big Book of Songs

New South - If Only You Knew

i stood by your grave while your grieving mother
clung to my arm as if i were her other son
as if i were your brother
if she only knew, if she only knew

your father shook my hand,
said i was a welcome guest
of his family in their time of distress, he was kind
i was impressed
but if he only knew, if he only knew

o sweet jesus answer my prayers
let me enter your room upstairs
so i can leave this hallway below
where i must walk softly and no one must know

your sister said to me in strict confidence
that she liked me best of all her brother’s friends,
and i meant no offense
when i said "if you only knew, if you only knew"

your wife she fell upon my shoulder and wept
and that night for comfort we slept
together
and i wondered whether
perhaps she knew, if she only knew

o sweet jesus answer my prayers
let me enter your room upstairs
so i can leave this hallway below
where i must walk softly and no one must know

rest in peace darling your secret is safe with me
no one will know the joy that you gave me
or the sorrow i'll take to the grave with me

©2002 Mike West

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