"Read 'Em And Weep" as written by and Jim Steinman....
I've been trying for hours just to think of what exactly to say
I thought I'd leave you with a letter or fiery speech
Like when an actor makes an exit at the end of a play

And I've been dying for hours trying to fill up all the holes with some sense
I'd like to know how you gave up and you threw it away
I'd like to give you all the reasons and what everything meant

Well I could tell you goodbye or maybe see you around
With just a touch of a sarcastic thanks
We started out with a bang and at the top of the world
Now the guns are exhausted and the bullets are blanks
And everything's blank

CHORUS:
If I could find the words then I would write it all down
If I could only find a voice I would speak
Oh it's there in my eyes so can't you see me tonight
Come on and look at me and read 'em and weep

CHORUS

I've been whispering softly, trying to build a cry up to a scream
We let the past slip away, and put the future on hold
Now the present is nothing but a hollowed out dream

And I've been dreaming forever hoping something would eventually come
I saw your eyes in the dark
I felt your kiss on my lips
I traced your body in the air until the bodies were numb

Well I could tell you good-bye or maybe see you around
With just a touch of a sarcastic thanks
But now the rooms are all empty, the candles are dark
The guns are exhausted and the bullets are blanks, and everything's blank

CHORUS

It's there in my eyes and coming straight from my heart
It's running silent and angry and deep
It's there in my eyes and it's all I can say
Come on and read 'em and weep

Read 'em and weep - for all the hours we'll be spending alone
Read 'em and weep - for the dreams we'll ignore

Running silent and deep
And all those promises we promised to keep, they won't be kept anymore
Read 'em and weep - for the magic that our bodies had made
Read 'em and weep - for the blood that we lost

Running silent and deep
And all the secrets that we somehow betrayed
For whatever the cost
Read 'em and weep - for the memories still alive in the bed
Read 'em and weep - for the lies we believed

Running silent and deep
And all the things that can never be said
Why don't you look at me and read 'em and weep
Come on and look at me and read 'em and weep

It's there in my eyes and coming straight from my heart
It's running silent and angry and deep
It's here in my eyes and it's all I can say
Come on look at me and read 'em and weep


Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by darkpower

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    General CommentAmazing breakup song; includes so many of the emotions that go along with it...regret, missing, relief, triumph, uncertainty... This is one of my favorite Barry Manilow songs. Pretty self-explanatory as far as meaning goes.
    Isabella_de_Reimson May 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe title mentions this being the Barry Manilow version, but these are the lyrics to the Meat Loaf version. Barry's version says "gave up" instead of "faded", and changes the second verse.
    darkpoweron November 30, 2013   Link

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