She Made It All Worthwhile   (words and music by Bill Pere)

Once I had a dream I'd set this whole world right
But dreams have a way of fading with each morning light
I thought I'd wave a magic wand and let the whole world see
But the only one who ever seemed to look was me
No, I wasn't an earth-mover, I didn't change the world
But somewhere amidst the failures, I met a soft, lost girl
I tried to make her happy and each time I'd see her smile
I knew my life meant something, she made it all worthwhile

Now I tiptoe through the memories of the people that I knew
They blink, make me vanish and think "I've got no time for you..."
A transparent apparition on both my life and death
A dizzy dime-store dreamer whose words were wasted breath
But it's strange, it seemed at times I could do most anything
Always roll that seven, checkmate any king
Now my footsteps are just echoes in the places that I'd been
The verdict is that life's the only game I couldn't win

Once I had a dream I'd set this whole world right
But dreams have a way of fading with each morning light
I thought I'd wave a magic wand and let the whole world see
But the only one who ever seemed to look was me
No, I wasn't an earth-mover, I didn't change the world
But somewhere amidst the failures, I met a soft, lost girl
I tried to make her happy and each time I'd see her smile
I knew my life meant something, she made it all worthwhile

At the funeral they properly were all dressed up in tears
Behind the dampened handkerchiefs hid the cynic sneers
I wonder what they'd think if they took time out from their race
Of dollar signs and status and the corporate ladder race
To  look at this man and see that things are not quite what they seem
He had a loving wife and family and an ever-present dream
Yes, this stranger from a strange land,  from some far off time and place
May have died a friendless failure but he had a smile upon his face

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