Empty Chair

from by Robert Oakes

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i see her reading, waiting in that empty chair
i see a life now left unlived in that empty chair
and now it's only the breath of my memory
that keeps that life alive

so, like a man returned to earth, i find myself
living in a life i made despite myself
and though it seems so real, i know the way i feel
leaves me no choice but to go

coz i won't be here just to be here
i can't let another day just disappear
if i'm gonna be here, i want to be here
living fully present and aware

i may stand where i am, but i am rarely where i stand
we're hand in hand, yet here i am a stranger in familiar land
i play my part, i know my role
but who knows who i really am?

so, i won't be here...


from Heart Broken Open, released May 15, 2009



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