The conversation pauses, while the waiter pours our tea,
This timely interruption is a great relief to me.
I wish he'd stay all day, I'd never have to say,
About the children.

You're looking really lovely, and the dress is really you.
The necklace I remember, but the bracelet must be new.
But that's another day, I clear my throat and say
About the children.

Oh, they'll be away at school, they'll have the camps to go to.
And they're much too young to know how hard it is to go through.
Ah, these were to be the years for us, making love in the afternoon,
No worries anymore
About the children..

The conversation's civilised, we calmly nod our heads,
You're smiling as you always do, but your napkin is in shreds.
You'd like to run away, oh, who'd be the first to say
About the children.

Oh, they'll be away at school, they'll have the camps to go to.
And they're much too young to know how hard it is to go through.
Ah, these were to be the years for us, making love in the afternoon,
No worries anymore
About the children..

The conversation's civilised, we calmly nod our heads,
You're smiling as you always do, but your napkin is in shreds.
You'd like to run away, oh, who'd be the first to say
About the children.
About the children.


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