What I Meant To Say – Song Lyrics

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I starting writing song lyrics after completing my Advanced Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing, reasoning that there was no money in poetry (which I studied for two years) and plenty of money in music. The only problem, of course, is that I can’t write music or sing. They’re probably too complex to be song lyrics and some of the pieces I have converted into poems but some don’t make the transition well.

Anyway, here’s a piece that I don’t feel too badly about all these years later.

What I Meant To Say

Verse One
Remember the man I loved at the start
Caught my eye but stood well apart
I let you stand closer than all before

Remember the name I called in the dark
The bench we slept on in the park
I let you talk about what it was for

Remember the plan I thought was mine
But I was the only one on the line
What I should have asked was why

Remember the game I lost every time
The words you didn’t see me mime
What I meant to say was goodbye

Chorus
What I meant to say became a lie
What I meant to do was go
What I meant to do was pass you by
What I meant to say was no
No became never then maybe forever
Forever turned into hello
Hello became always then let me rephrase
The phrase turned into a lie
And even though it still seems to grow
What I meant to say was goodbye

Verse Two
Remember the day I stood in the rain
Bags packed and waiting for the train
I let you talk me back into your life

Remember the night I sat in the dark
Eyes down as your lies found their mark
I let your words cut me like a knife

Remember the way I searched for your soul
Refused the pain and fought for control
What you should have asked was why

Remember the fight I said I forgot
The silent words as I stood on the spot
What I meant to say was goodbye

Chorus
What I meant to say became a lie
What I meant to do was go
What I meant to do was pass you by
What I meant to say was no
No became never then maybe forever
Forever turned into hello
Hello became always then let me rephrase
The phrase turned into a lie
And even though it still seems to grow
What I meant to say was goodbye

Coda
My eyes wouldn’t see
My voice didn’t call
My skin couldn’t feel
My back on the wall
My fist wouldn’t close
My feet turned to clay
But goodbye was
What I meant to say

Chorus
What I meant to say became a lie
What I meant to do was go
What I meant to do was pass you by
What I meant to say was no
No became never then maybe forever
Forever turned into hello
Hello became always then let me rephrase
The phrase turned into a lie
And even though it still seems to grow
What I’m saying now is goodbye

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