Winter city by the ocean
Building lights glimmer on the bay
Oh, how you woke him from his slumber
Gently now, gently with a kiss

And we went drifting over to the corner
Our eyes move with us, graceful in the shadows
We think of the mystery
And we think of the warning

And the redwood hallways covered up in darkness
The wind outside singing with the promise
I will touch the back of your hand
And whisper the words

I will love you in the morning if you love me tonight
I will love you in the morning if you love me tonight
I will love you in the morning if you love me tonight
I will love you in the morning if you love me tonight

Now take this mirror and push it forward
She said to the painting on the wall
I'll show you something your frame is nothing but
A safe place, place for you to hide

And now the carpenter's son says
"Let's make a deal
I believe in commerce
And I will make you this promise,
But if you should ask
What I cannot give
You better tell me now
Before we begin"

I will love you in the morning if you love me tonight
I will love you in the morning if you love me tonight
I will love you in the morning if you love me tonight
I will love you in the morning if you love me tonight

Yes, I will love you in the morning if you love me tonight
I will love you in the morning if you love me tonight
I will love you in the morning if you love me tonight
I will love you, love you, love you, love you


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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Sea Wolf songs.

    Clearly a boy and a girl make a deal that if she'll love him just for tonight, he'll love her forever. If she shows him what love is, he'll give it to her.
    rossakon September 24, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationA woman seduces a man, he tries to warn her not to fall in love with him. She accuses him of projecting his own feeling on to her. In then end if they go through with it or how it all ends up is left to our imagination.
    leewmon August 13, 2011   Link
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    Song Comparisonlove this album. Had no idea there was a bonus track. Sounds like a response to his song "middle distance runner" where he says,

    "So won't you run to me tonight?
    Tonight let's not talk about next summer
    Cause I'll only ever be a middle distance runner...
    But you'll have to run to me tonight
    Tonight I will love you forever
    But I'll only ever be a middle distance runner"

    I think
    Either,

    He is trying to seduce the girl to sleep with him tonight even though he believes he can't do a long term relationship or
    He meets the girl and his feelings change. He decides he can love her forever if only she would be convinced that he has changed.

    I am prone to think that the latter because "The Carpenter's son" is often a reference to Jesus who is all about rebirth and change. That could be me reading to much though
    hyun101583on September 25, 2014   Link

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