If I'd Only Come and Gone
If I'd only come and gone The way I'd always done With summer girls before. Shared one night with you And never reached for more. Then we wouldn't face this long And painful righting of the wrong. If I'd only come and gone. If I hadn't stayed so long But merely parked my dusty boots Outside your door. Tracked no footprints 'cross Your polished hardwood floor. I'd have left you in your doorway Smilin' drowsy at the dawn. If I'd only come and gone. And I'd be on a shinin' silver plane Dippin' into Denver. Or on a schooner blowin' down The Biscayne Bay. And you'd be safely tucked away Among the pleasure I'd remember 'Stead of lyin' here beside me Fearin' restless thoughts inside me That might awaken with the breakin' Of each new day. If you'd only stopped to read Cold hard words I carved On other bedroom walls. And heard the mornin' coffee truths I told 'em all. I'd still be on your lips Like some unfinished Half-remembered song. You'd have never loved me If I'd only come and gone.
Words & Music by Shel Silverstein Copyright © 1972 / Evil-Eye Music Inc , NYC