I've been tryin for hour just to think of what exactly to say
I thought I leave you with a letter or a 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 like to know why you gave up and threw it away
I like to give you all the reasons and what everything meant
Well, I can tell you goodbye or maybe see you around
With just a touch of 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

If I could only find the words
Then I would write it all down
If I could only find the voice
I would speak
Oh its there in my eyes
Oh can't you see me tonight
Come on and look at me
And read 'em and weep


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
'Til the bodies were numb
Well, I could tell you goodbye
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 blank
And everything is blank


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

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Read 'Em and Weep Lyrics as written by Jim Steinman


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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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