The Memories Can't Easily Be Erased

"The Memories Can’t Easily Be Erased"

Lyrics by Elaine Bassett © 1999

 

When you cross my mind

I’m taken back in time

to a place where I see only your face

and the memories that can’t easily be erased

 

All the dreams that we shared never came true

I know all the things I should have said

 

I’ve said them a million times over and over in my head

How could I have been so blind

Not to have known our lives would always be intertwined

When you cross my mind

 

Since that time I have wondered about you

Do you think of me?

I can’t say

I can’t hardly believe that you do-

Since you told me we were through

 

I often think what good would it do if you knew

The things I left unsaid

 

That is why it took me by surprise when I saw you the other day

You saw me first-

What was that look I caught in your eyes

I’ve seen that look before

It was the same one you gave me just as you walked out my door

 

No, all those years didn’t change a thing

We are still the same

When you cross my mind

I go back to a specific moment in time

To a place where our lives became forever intertwined and time can’t erase the pain caused by all the things I should have said

Now I see I was blind all those years ago and had fate not stepped in you would have realized too that our lives would always be intertwined

 

Words can’t express my thoughtlessness

That day we met and

I finally let you go

It’s for the best you go your way-

I’ll go mine

Even though our lives will be forever intertwined

When you cross my mind

I’m left wondering what good would it do if you knew-

To what end

I’ve changed my mind

Those words are better left unsaid

I’ll turn and walk away

Till the next time you cross my mind

 

All you had to say was said in that glance that happened years later by chance

I tried to smile, but that look-

Took my breath away

Words can’t explain the pain that is still there when you cross my mind

 

I wish you the best

You have your life

I have mine

And that is something time can’t change

I wouldn’t want it to even if it could

What purpose would it serve?

Someday I might tell you the things you never knew

Your questions will all have answers-

The next time you cross my mind.

 

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