From the recording If I Only Knew the Words
This is a song about relationships, and also about songwriting, and how hard and similar they both can be. As the song suggests, it really did take ten years to write.
I don't understand this situationI don’t know the way that I should feelCan't seem to find the inspirationCan't find a single thing that's real I’m talking about a negotiationA meeting on a bridge that we can’t seeBut I can’t stop this cruel reverberationFrom filling up the space between you and me If I only knew the wordsIf I only knew the songI would sing it from the mountainsWe'd be dancing all night longIf my voice could speak these thoughtsIn a way that you could hearYou would feel the way that I doAnd our love would reappear I want to reminisce about tomorrowInitiate a plan for yesterdayTake a great leap forward to evaluate each sorrowSo we could maybe choose a better way But you don't want to know the plans I'm makingYou know that things must be the way they’ll beAnd all these remedies that I'm mistakingFor something that will bring you back to me If I only knew the wordsIf I only knew the songI would scream it to the heavensWith a voice that’s proud and strongIf my soul could speak the truthAnd if only you could hearYou would know my heart for certainAnd the way would be so clear And this song goes on foreverAnd these dreams haunt me night and dayAnd I see you looking at me, and I don’t know what to sayWhy does it have to be that way? Ten years and I've still got the same afflictionI’ve started and I’ve stopped one thousand timesThe metaphors don’t rise above the fictionThe melodies won’t match up with the rhymes And every breath serves to remind meOf all the times I've tried to write this songAnd now that you have come here to find meI pray this time that it won’t come out wrong If I only knew the wordsIf I only knew the songI would sing it from the mountainsWe'd be dancing all night longIf I only knew the wordsIf I only knew the songWe would sing it togetherAnd we’d be dancing...