"The Letter" as written by and Natalie A Merchant....
If I ever write this letter
The pages I could write
But I don't know where to send it
You have vanished
Heaven knows where you live
Heaven only knows

If I ever write this letter
Bitter words it would contain
Just and unrequited lover
Wishing she had never
Spoken your name
Had never known your name

But if I ever write this letter
The truth it would reveal
Knowing you brought me pleasure
How I'll often treasure
Moments that we knew
The precious, the few

Lyrics submitted by kevin

"The Letter" as written by Natalie A Merchant

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, NETTWERK ONE MUSIC (CANADA)LTD

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    General CommentI am shocked that I am the only one who has commented on this song. This is the story of every love i've ever known in my life. I have written in my head the letter to each and every ex-boyfriend and ex-lover in my life and this song sums it all up. Thank you for putting this into words, Natalie.
    mrsdarthvaderon July 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song... she knows that she couldn't send the letter, because the person's disappeared, but she also knows that even if she knew where to send it, she most likely wouldn't be able to bring herself to mail it anyway, because in the end, she'd only be admitting she still cares very much for this person who has abandoned her... and no one wants to show weakness to someone so capable of hurting.
    delialon April 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell, Heaven and Facebook know. A modern world we live in.
    starmileon August 27, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis song out of all the songs on Tigerlily pulled me in the most. I loved the whole feeling of that album. Natalie's voice is so haunting and the whole album kind of pulled me in though most of the songs I don't connect to the messages or stories directly. The album had a kind of negative effect on me though - made me melancholy. However, I was very drawn to it.
    This song though I loved. The simplicity, and no chorus, just three simple verses of regret, reluctant gratitude, and a helplessness at not being able to reconnect.
    I think it is interesting that this type of situation is so much rarer now due to our global connectivity. We can usually check up on friends and past "lovers" even if not connecting with them directly (Facebook, twitter...)We can "find them" there most of the time.
    nashmatton October 31, 2013   Link

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