Forget You (Song)

A poem I wrote intending it to be a song. It was written during the time after my Divorce. I wanted a song that showed there was life after Divorce. That dreams still can come true.

(I’m going to) Forget You – © 1992

I woke up this morning in your soft embrace
Next to me on the pillow was your sweet smiling face
And I pause for a moment ‘fore I open my eyes
‘Cause I know when I do then the warm feeling dies
Your pillow is empty, like my heart, so it seems
But the memory of you has crept back through my dreams

(Chorus)
On that wave of emotion I am battered and tossed
Though the memories are sweet I just can’t bear the cost
So, I’m folding your memory with sweet loving care
My life must go on, but it can’t with you there
Though I long for the days when you were my wife
I’m going to forget you for the rest of my life

As I sit on the porch swing and gaze at the moon
The radio’s playing your favorite tune
So, we dance in the moonlight. We twirl and we spin
And I’m lost in your love as I let you back in
My heart gladly welcomes the horrible lie
The song ends. I’m swinging alone, and I cry

(Chorus)

Well my life has been good and the fates have been kind
My soul is at rest and I’ve found peace of mind
I have reached for the stars, and my dreams have come true
There’s just one dream missing, where I share life with you
When the night is all quiet and the moon is just right
I unfold your memory and I hold it real tight

(Chorus)
On that wave of emotion I am battered and tossed
Though the memories are sweet I just can’t bear the cost
So, I’m folding your memory with sweet loving care
My life must go on, but it can’t with you there
Though I long for the days when you were my wife
I’m going to forget you for the rest of my life
I’ll just keep on forgetting… for the rest of my life.

This song was written “for” Dolly Parton, but was never able to get it to her. Reportedly, Louise Mandrell has heard it and was interesting in possibly using it, but it didn’t pan out. I wrote it without music and had a professional write music for it. It was performed by that artist in public once and I have a recording of that. That artist was later signed to a record label, and to avoid having my song be tied up by the record labels “ownership” or her music, she retracted her music from my song. So it is, once again, technically a poem without music.

It was also written to be ABLE to be sung by either or both genders. There is only one “gender” related line “when you were my wife” converts to “when I was your wife”. So it can be sung from either side, or as a duet from both sides.

The “folding your memory with sweet loving care” actually came from my therapy, only in my therapy I was supposed to simply close the book and put it away among my other memories/books. He said I could always get the book back out when I was better prepared to deal with the pain.

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