Thelma

ŠPaul Simon, released on The Paul Simon Anthology, 1993

.

If a feeling's born and no one complains

Well that's good luck

running through young veins

And if life is a blessing

that brushes the tops of the trees

Well it's a short walk

in a sweet breeze

.

I will need you, feed you, seed you, plead with you

All for the taste of your sweet love Thelma

If a heart is an open memory book

That was the chance I took

The more I searched, the more I shook with Thelma

Last night I slept on a rented pillow

A silver moon above my head

A thirsty dreamless sleep released me

And I reached for the phone

by the side of the bed

.

Now the first time that I saw you I thought

"She's beautiful, but she's too young to be caught"

People aware of my history

Trying to steer you away from me

I left a message at your hotel

Don't let management poison the well

.

I will need you, feed you, seed you, plead with you

All for the taste of your sweet love Thelma

.

The phone is ringing and I realize

we are timezones and oceans apart

The words I speak in the middle of my night

They fall on your yesterday scars

.

If the sun don't shine, the wind don't break

the clock don't jump off the wall

Thelma, my darling, I will cushion your fall

I will need you, feed you, seed you, plead with you

Without the taste of your sweet love Thelma

.

I am only a man who has skirted the edge of despair

for a long time now, and I don't care

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I watch you sleeping in the hospital bed

The baby curled up in a ball

Winter sunlight hits the family tree

And everything else becomes nothing at all

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