There No More

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He had it all, the perfect wife, job and kids
Living the dream but the dream wasn’t his
And amidst the routine he was living by
In his eyes, you could see he’d let his ambition die
If he tried he knew he could revive it
But that would mean him making sacrifices
So the life he’d built his future around
Was slowly beginning to crumble to the ground
He worked in an office block now
In a well paid job for a college drop out
Got paid, came home to his beautiful wife
He’d had girls but only ever loved 2 in his life
See, there was another woman he longed for
An old flame he craved to light once more
And deep down he resented his partner
Coz she’d never understand the affection he harboured
Now and again he’d act worried and anxious
And his mask of happily married man slipped
And he would tell her work got him stressed out
But each lie he told provoked her next doubt
Like tell me where you go every Thursday
Shit, come on now, you know I have to work late
Despite whatever excuse he said
He would continue visiting another woman’s bed

Now as a wife, she’d made certain vows
Like if they had a problem, they’d work it out
But, she’d been palmed off too often
So now she had to know if they did have a problem
And so she followed his car to find out
To see what he really did on his Thursday nights out
He left work on time then he got into
A car and drove a hundred yards to a hospital
Immediately she thought the worst
Like whoever he is cheating on me with must be a nurse
And he’s getting her from work, but then she just froze
When he stepped out with flowers and baby clothes
Unable to accept what she saw
She put the car in reverse and the pedal to the floor
And drove to the first place anywhere
And for every tear shed in her life she cried 20 there
If the father of her own 3 seeds
Had an illegitimate fourth, she knew she’d leave
And so she went home grabbed the kids and packed
And left a letter saying she’s never coming back
When he returned to an empty house
He found the letter and read it out
It said “how could you lie to me, you two faced fraud
You broke my heart so I can’t be there no more”

I’ll be there no more
Said I’ll be there no more

He called her everyday for 2 weeks
He couldn’t eat or drink and he would lose sleep
Then on the fifteenth day she came home
Saying no apology will make this heartache go
So don’t bother with an explanation
Do yourself a favour, save the breath you’re wasting
He just stood and said let me talk
Coz you need to hear this before you walk
When I was 17 I met my first love
And we was together for 5 years and a month
And every single day of that time was so passionate
I decided to ask to be the one she’d get married with
And the very night I planned on asking it
She was hurt in a car in an accident
Some drunk run red through a traffic light
And that left her brain dead and paralysed
And now she’s on life support
So yeah I still love her just not like before
But it’s so hard to leave when the nurse says
The only time she smiles is on a Thursday
And the worst part of the story is this
She was 8 months pregnant with my kid
So on the anniversary I play the new dad
To recognise the child that we almost had
And she said

I’m sorry, I didn’t understand
But you, you are my man
And I don’t want you to be shared
Promise me you will be there
Said I’m sorry, I didn’t understand
But you are my man
And I don’t want to share
Tell her, you won’t be there

And she told him the things you hold on to are what’s gonna define you
And you won’t truly be happy as long as you live if you don’t learn to put them behind you
But on the day you said I do, you made a choice
To be with me, now we’ve had 3 boys
And built a life here that you can’t jeopardise
I’ll get over the fact you told me a set of lies
If you can promise me absolute honesty
Never go back to see her and move on with me
He took a look at here and replied
I can’t go on with out you in my life
So I’m willing to try for my family’s sake
But my final goodbye is gonna have to be made
So he went to the hospital sat and kissed her
Let go of her hand leaned over and whispered

I’ll be there no more
I’ll be there no more
I’ll be there no more

After 24 hours of arguing
Explaining, apologising and bargaining
They began to hug then hold hands
But the make up was delayed when the phone rang
Good evening sir
I spoke to you on the ward, I’m the senior nurse
Now, I apologise in advance OK
But I have to say tonight she passed away
He dropped the receiver in disbelief
Flashed back to when he kissed her cheek
And told her no longer could he come up and visit
He knew then that’s when she had given up on living
He turned to his wife and switched
And screamed the blood is on your hands you bitch
Your ultimatum has cost a life
You are not my lover, you are not my wife
His voice stained with hatred
She stood adjacent
He explained that she was only a replacement
Her eyes drowning as tears poured
He walked away saying I’ll be there no more

I’ll be there no more
I’ll be there no more
I’ll be there no more
I’ll be there no more
I’ll be there no more
I’ll be there no more
I’ll be there no more
I’ll be there no more

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from Stone Soup Vol. 1, released March 16, 2015

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