I feel the trembling tingle of a sleepless night
Creep through my fingers and the moon is bright
Beams of blue come flickering through my window pane
Like gypsy moths that dance around a candle flame

And I wonder if you know
That I never understood
That although you said you'd go
Until you did I never thought you would

Moonlight used to bathe the contours of your face
While chestnut hair fell all around the pillow case
And the fragrance of your flowers rest beneath my head
A sympathy bouquet left with the love that's dead

And I wonder if you know
That I never understood
That although you said you'd go
Until you did I never thought you would

Never thought the words you said were true
Never thought you said just what you meant
Never knew how much I needed you
Never thought you'd leave, until you went

Morning comes and morning goes with no regret
And evening brings the memories I can't forget
Empty rooms that echo as I climb the stairs
And empty clothes that drape and fall on empty chairs

And I wonder if you know
That I never understood
That although you said you'd go
Until you did I never thought you would


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Empty Chairs Lyrics as written by Don Mclean

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    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's about an unexpected breakup. He seems to be naive to the fact that she was giving him all the signs but, ultimately, he didn't know what he had till it was gone!

    FYI - Ever heard that song "Killing Me Softly With His Song"? Yeah. The "song" that is spoken of, it's this one! Empty Chairs! And the "his" is Don McLean's!
    ikeon March 19, 2007   Link

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