Never Go Back

from Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind

Never Go Back
Words and Music by Christine Lavin
Copyright 1988, Flip-A-Jig/Rounder Music

I had another one of those dreams
About being back in my old hometown
The house was still standing
Just like I remember
Except now the roses bloom
All year round
I was playing with the Callahan twins
Silly silly schoolgirl fun
We didn't know about cigarettes
We didn't know about alcohol
We didn't know one of us would die young

Chorus: We can never go back
So why do I try
And why does the past loom closer
Every time I close my eyes
We can never return
We should keep moving on
I wish these memories would
Burn down to ashes
Blow away and be gone.

He gave me one of those looks last night
I had no choice but to walk away
I could not talk to him
I could not deal with him
I couldn't hear what he had to say
He flatly refuses to ever forget
So he tries to remind me whenever he can
He doesn't know all that I've been through
He doesn't know that it hurt me to
He doesn't know what was could never be again

Chorus: He can never go back
So why does he try
And why does the past loom closer
By chance he catches my eye
He can never return
He should keep moving on
I wish these memories would
Burn down to ashes
Blow away and be gone.

Now there's a Callahan girl
But no Callahan twins
Except when I dream of life as it had been
Like he probably dreams of me
And how it used to be
Back when I was in love with him
I try to cut the ropes
Cut the strings and threads
Cut the ties that choke
That link the living with the dead
And still I can never hide
When day and night collide
I find myself wide awake in bed.

Chorus: We can never go back
So why do we try
And why does the past loom closer
Every night when I close my eyes
We can never return
We should keep moving on
I wish these memories would
Burn down to ashes
Blow away and be gone.

updated: 11 years ago