"Louise" as written by Philip Oakey, Philip Adrian Wright and Jo Callis....
When he saw her getting of the bus,
It seemed to wipe away the years.
Her face was older, just a little rough,
But her eyes were still so clear.
He drank his coffee, and he hurried out,
Across, before she walked away.
Then he approached her, like a little child,
Too scared for what he had to say.

Hello, Louise,
Remember me?
Now should we part
Or stay awhile,
As if we were still lovers?

She took a moment just to recognize the man she'd known so well before
And, as he started to apologise,
Lose any bitterness she bore.
She gently put her finger on his lips
To let him know she understood,
And, with her suitcase standing on the floor,
Embraced him like a lover would.

He told Louise:
"You look so good;
It's just, you see,
You make me feel
As if we were still lovers."

It's not always true that time heals all wounds.
There are wounds that you don't wanna heal.
The memories of something really good,
Something truly real, that you never found again.

And though they talked for just a little time;
Before she said she had to go
He saw the meeting as a tiny sign,
That told him all he had to know.

And, so, Louise
Waved from the bus,
And as she left
She gave that smile,
As if they were still lovers.

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    General CommentI'm amazed that nobody has commented on this song. It is a great piece of song writing - so simple yet so poignant.
    The song is about someone who bumps into an old flame. Initially worried how she would react, he is happy that she has forgiven him for anything he might have done in the past to hurt her. After talking for a while, they part on good terms and he feels relief that there is no bitterness on her part.
    cool4catson August 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentActually, to me it feels as if he is lying to himself, and she is just acting friendly to close the book. The fact that she almost did not recognize him says to me that there had been no forgiveness, just "phasing out" of the relationship, refusing to deal with the past. He does not perceive this and leaves thinking the flame could be rekindled.
    AndySimonon July 09, 2013   Link
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    General CommentA beautiful song and one of my favourites of theirs. Yes, there is definitely denial in this. This is a man holding onto a fantasy that he doesn’t want to let go.

    The talking bit near the end always had me perplexed. What sort of wounds would you never want healed? The answer was revealed to me a few years back when a new relationship I was in fell apart. I wanted to keep holding on to the hope that maybe we’d get back together. To actually let it go, allow the wounds to heal and move on, meant that I would have to give up that dream of us being together again and I didn’t want to do that.

    I think for Phil in this song though, that smile he gets at the end suggests a happy ending on this occasion. Or at the very least closure.
    Reckeron August 18, 2013   Link

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