When I Still Believed (lyrics) by Melissa Javors

I was a fine romantic. I would have followed you

Across the wide Atlantic into the wild blue.

When every tear was hopeful, I never missed my pride.

When suffering was noble and the truth, denied.

 

You should have known me when I believed.

You would have loved me, singin’ “Love is All you Need.”

You should have seen that heart hanging on my sleeve.

You should have known me when I still believed.

 

I would have shared your vision and given you your space

Mistaken your resistance for a passing phase

Come up with explanations for your neglect

Lowered my expectations and my self-respect

 

You should have known me when I believed.

You would have loved me, singin’ “Love is All you Need.”

You should have seen that heart hanging on my sleeve.

You should have known me when I still believed.

 

I believed that I could give you what I never learned to take.

I believed we all were living for love’s sake.

I believed all the emotions in those sentimental songs.

I believed our hearts could open,

Maybe I was wrong…

 

You should have known me when I believed.

You would have loved me, singin’ “Love is All you Need.”

You should have seen that heart hanging on my sleeve.

You should have known me when I still believed.

 

(Alan’s note – It absolutely kills me that this song never made it onto a record, the melody is just as beautiful as the words. I only heard it twice around a song circle and never could forget it. Except I misremembered that one line as “You should have seen that heart, shining on my sleeve” an edit I got attached to after singing the song to myself about 1000 times.)

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