LILLIAN ELIZABETH.

Copyright 1999.

 

WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME

A CRABBY OLD WOMAN OF NINETY THREE ?

WRINKLED AND SPECKLED WITH LIVER SPOTS

HAIR SPARSE AND WHITE AND FOREVER IN KNOTS

 

I HOBBLE AROUND ON THIS OLD ZIMMER FRAME

THEY CALL ME "OLD LIL" BUT THAT'S NOT MY NAME

I AM "LILLIAN ELIZABETH" THAT'S WHO I AM

"LILLIAN ELIZABETH" NAMED AFTER MY MAM

 

WHAT DO I SEE "LILLIAN ELIZABETH" WHEN I LOOK AT YOU

WHY, I SEE A YOUNG GIRL, AND A PRETTY ONE TOO

THE FACE IS WRINKLED THAT I CANNOT DENY

BUT A YOUNG GIRL I SEE IN MY MINDS EYE

 

WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES THE YEARS ROLL AWAY

I SEE A YOUNG GIRL ON HER WEDDING DAY

THE WRINKLES AND LIVER SPOTS BRUSHED ASIDE

I AM SEEING THE FACE OF A BEAUTIFUL BRIDE

 

I LOOK AT YOUR FINGERS ALL CRIPPLED WITH PAIN

I BLINK, AND THEY, RE LONG AND SLENDER AGAIN

YOU'VE THE FACE OF AN ANGEL, EYES BLUE AS THE SEA

OH "LILLIAN ELIZABETH" YOU RE SMILING AT ME

 

A YOUNG MOTHER I SEE "LILLIAN ELIZABETH" WHEN I LOOK AT YOU

BUSY DOING THINGS THAT YOUNG MOTHERS DO

YOUNG AND VIVACIOUS, LOVING AND KIND

THE MOST WONDERFUL MOTHER YOU EVER COULD FIND

 

I SEE A GRANDMOTHER WHEN I LOOK AT YOU

YOUR DAUGHTER GROWN UP WITH HER OWN BABY TOO

OH "LILLIAN ELIZABETH" HOW QUICKLY TIME FLIES

I CAN SEE LAUGHTER LINES AROUND YOUR EYES




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