The World's Absolutely Greatest Torch Song

By official account there are 2.7 bazillion torch songs in the American Song Book. By Berlin, Porter, Gershwin, Rogers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Lowe, the Beatles, etc. Consider this my octogenarian challenge to your age group to come up with a more heart-rending lyric than Diana Krall’s angst-filled version of the scorching 1945 torch song “MAYBE YOU’LL BE THERE.” I was one of thousands of WWII guys who wept at these lyrics whenever we heard them, desperately wondering about our girl. Think back to when you were young and desperately in love with that special someone of whose heart you were not really sure. Then listen to Krall burn this pain into your soul one more time >>

“EACH TIME I SEE A CROWD OF PEOPLE
JUST LIKE A FOOL I STOP AND STARE
IT’S REALLY NOT THE PROPER THING TO DO
BUT MAYBE YOU’LL BE THERE
I GO OUT WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT
AMONG THE LONELY THOROUGHFARE
IT’S NOT THE TIME OR PLACE
TO LOOK FOR YOU
BUT MAYBE YOU’LL BE THERE
YOU SAID YOUR ARMS WOULD ALWAYS HOLD ME
YOU SAID YOUR LIPS WERE MINE ALONE TO KISS
NOW AFTER ALL THOSE THING YOU TOLD ME
HOW COULD IT END LIKE THIS
SOMEDAY IF ALL MY PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED
I’LL HEAR A FOOTSTEP ON THE STAIR
WITH ANXIOUS HEART
I’LL HURRY TO THE DOOR
AND MAYBE…MAYBE YOU’LL BE THERE”

If your lyrics are even more painful, maybe I don’t want to hear them after all. I don’t believe I can die twice

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