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Won’t Ever Quit

Posted in ballade by maggie on 2010/04/13

The dress you gave me's useless now, it's hanging on the door
as empty as the hole that's waiting for you in my bed.
I wanted it, I'll want it not.  Like love it's neither nor:
we dress it up, so what — my clothes don't care what's used for thread.	
Besides you know that getting dressed's not how I make my bread.
For you perhaps I wore it well, for me it never fit,
so now your gift's a metaphor for what I need to shed:
a love that never had its chance to start won't ever quit.

Whatever were we thinking?  You're a soldier, I'm a whore:
while I don't care what's sacrificed, you'll fight until you're dead.
So off with you to wage your battles in some aimless war,
I'll defend other freedoms getting laid where you're not led.
Or am I love's true patriot?  It's you've sold out instead.
You think me a deserter?  I'm not scared, that isn't it —
the flag I'll follow isn't colored blue and white on red:
a love that never had its chance to start won't ever quit.

Yet though you've left me nothing, why I am left needing more?
Because of me, you never coming back — that's what I dread.
The time we never had to give's the time we must restore,
else when all's said and done, we'll never do all that's been said.
My new dress, your old uniform, the dreams and lives inbred —
You show me where they'll shoot you and I'll show you where I'm hit,
I show you where I'm hit, you'll show me where our sheets were spread:
a love that never had its chance to start won't ever quit.

But then, I never touched your heart.  My love was in your head.
I try my best to see that through the crack where we've been split,
yet what you couldn't have's been taken just as though we'd wed —
A love that never had its chance to start won't ever quit.

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