Song Name: The Ghost of Beauty's Perfume

Songwriter: Steve Wacker

Copyright: 2005

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Lyrics:

It's half-past one man's lifetime
And though his days now fly by faster
Thoughts and feelings slow him down more than he'd like to say
Salt and pepper in his hair
Food upon the table
He sets a single place where he begins and ends each day

And the ghost of beauty's perfume haunts him
Memories and reveries like fingerprints in time
He lost his love when he was younger
Now he's older than his hunger
And colder in the early morning chill

It happened as it often does
Neither one was looking
But a spark is all that's needed when the kindling is dry
A perfect union, yes it was
A blue sky peach of promise
So perfect that its absence leaves him only asking why

And the ghost of beauty's perfume haunts him
Memories and reveries like fingerprints in time
There's a faraway look in his eyes
When twilight brings the fireflies
And questions from the evening whippoorwill


Things go wrong-we hide inside our caves and our cocoons
Plans and visions float away like helium balloons
Sometimes it seems like fairy tales are all that we expect
But twists of fate and accidents have more profound effect


Happy endings, broken dreams
And day-to-day survival
Today becomes tomorrow and we mostly stay intact
Sometimes we go overboard
Sometimes over easy
And sometimes things get interesting when opposites attract

The ghost of beauty's perfume haunts us
Memories and reveries like fingerprints in time
Apparitions thin as mist
The secret loves we never kissed
Somehow we continue...