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Have You Ever
Author: Francis Duggan

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Have you ever been so lonely that you felt quite close to tears
And your thoughts went racing backwards to the happy bygone years
To the days when you were twenty fit and sprightly and carefree
And no challenge seemed too daunting you'd try climb the highest tree?

Have you ever felt nostalgic and your thoughts went far away
To the school yard in the lunch hour where you used to romp and play
With your school friends from the old days have you wondered where are they
Have they too grown slow and settled do they show their years in grey?

Have you ever been in a barroom on a night out with the boys
Felt the lilt of drunk man's laughter an intrusive sort of noise
And a sudden rush of sadness bring the teardrops to your eyes
And you go off to the toilet where your feelings you disguise?

And back home you think about it in the peace and in the quiet
Whilst the others were so happy I felt down a bit tonight
And you feel you'd one too many and you blame it on the beer
But you've often drunk more liquor and tonight your thoughts were clear.

Have you ever at house party asked yourself what brought me here
And you feel obliged to linger though you'd like to disappear
And the people seem so friendly but you still feel out of place
And you get the strangest feeling your's is not a welcome face?

Have you ever on the train home after working hard all day
Felt your effort has been wasted and at home you ought to stay
Whilst the boss drives new Mercedes you must struggle all the way
And about that man you work for you don't have good word to say?

Have you ever felt your best friend really not your friend at all
Why he often pass your house by and he seldom ever call
Except when he is after something and for him there is some gain
And though he claim you are his best friend in your heart the doubt remain?

Have you ever been in the company of a humorous sort of bloke
And there were peals of laughter when he cracked a funny joke
But the punch line seemed to slip you it went way above your head
And you were left to wonder why they laughed at what he'd said?

Have you ever watched a young man kiss his girlfriend on the street
And you thought him a bit cheeky felt he ought be more discreet
But you silently were wishing he were you and you were he
And your feelings on the matter only sprung from jealousy?

Did you ever meet young lady and she smiled and looked your way
And your ego felt inflated she had helped to make your day
Till you realized much later for you she could never fall
She was just a friendly stranger and no feelings there at all?

All these sorts of situations you will meet along life's way
And this game of life and living is no easy game to play
In a simple situation a great challenge we can see
And this thing called human feelings is too big a thing for me.

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