Al Stewart – Life and life only (testo)


“Mr. Willoughby, whose only luxury
is the sugar in his tea
teaches history at high Worthington school
his clothing has remained unnoticeably plain
his common room technique suitably restrained
though maybe too cool

Work done in the summery sun
see the cricket ball fly
intently, like a strange
demented bird towards the sun
considering its flight
he pauses for a while
ah, but Mr. Willoughby
we’ve never seen you smile

Tell me how come?
Ah, well, sometimes it must get lonely
ah, but it’s life and life only
Maurice, said Renee
why didn’t you say that you’d be so late

The supper that I made is ruined again
is there anything you’d like?
No, nothing, he replied
standing by the stairs
not looking in her eyes, so stupidly male
all dark and lying in bed
you’ve been with her again
she blurts out, then turning
on her side begins to cry
at first he doesn’t stir
but then mumbling his words
he reaches for her hand, she shivers
but doesn’t take it away
ah, for sometimes it does get lonely
ah, but it’s life and life only

Oh, Smithy Smithers Bell
clerk from Clerkenwell
on the beach at Bournemouth thinks
he very well may be next year in France
inspired for a while, he decides
to risk a smile at Mr. Willoughby
who passes, polishing his glasses
studiously averting his glance

Renee, several deck chairs away
wonders if they would be better
while Maurice is with the kids out in the sea
and I was feeling small
sitting on the wall, looking at them all
and wondering who will I be?
Ah, but sometimes it does get lonely

Ah, but it’s life and life only
ah, but it’s life and life only
ah, but it’s life and life only
ah, but it’s life and life”.


Al Stewart, Life and life only – 5:47
Album: Love Chronicles (1969)

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