Late Last Night

Late Last Night

Lori Lieberman

I went walking late last night
In the still and in the quiet
I wished that you’d been there with me
Or back at home waiting up for me
Lately things seem so out of hand
The ground beneath me feels like shifting sand
I toast the glass, I drink the wine
It’s another year that wasn’t mine

The roses glistened silver and white
Like snow beneath a starlit night
I went to tear one from the tree
And fighting, it tore back at me
If you’d been there I’d have heard you say
“Let it be,” and I’d walk away
But I needed that rose
I needed something for me
No matter how indefinitely

I put it in a crystal vase
I sat and watched its beauty fade
If only I could put it back again
At night it could glisten like freshly fallen snow
Open with the sun and un-noticeably grow old
Sometimes I feel just like that rose
So alone

All things I never learned
All the bridgets I have burned
In the fire’s blackened view
The ashes will reveal the truth
That I was born with a weakened heart
And I have struggled with a faulty start
And I don’t know what’s meant to be
So I’ll throw my coin in the wishful sea

I went walking late last night
In the still and in the quiet
I wished that you’d been there with me
Or back at home where you used to be