If You Could See My Program
(Ping's Song)


If you could see my program,
What a tale the code would tell,
Just like an animé series,
'Bout a girl with an android shell,
With a skein of days that is running out
As she's learning how to live,
While the sand runs through the sieve,
And I can't bear to see her fade
When I have seen the joy that she has made.

If I could see your program,
What stories would you make with me?
Would it be like shoujo manga,
The kind the schoolgirls read?
When I reach the part where the romance dies,
I'll break down and I'll cry,
'Cuz that's the how and why
Of each and every subroutine
And everything that I was made to be.

I walk away like the extra girl
Who was there just to fill some space,
And then vanish without trace,
So kind and sweet, but there, you see,
To give the leading man sweet reveries,
Is this what it is to feel?
I never thought I could want so much
Just to feel your touch, and I just can't take it,
I don't know what they did wrong,
But the song has gone and I just can't call it back.

If you could see my program,
What a tale the code would tell,
Just like an animé series,
'Bout a girl with an android shell,
With a skein of days that is running out
As she's learning how to live,
But series always end,
And if you put a breakpoint here
You'll see how much I've lived in silent fear,
That I won't last a year,
I never thought I could want so much
Just to feel your touch, and I just can't take it,
I don't know what they did wrong,
But the song is gone and I just can't call it back.

(apologies to Gordon Lightfoot)
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If You Could Read My Mind
Gordon Lightfoot


If you could read my mind love
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old time movie
'Bout a ghost from a wishin' well
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
You know that ghost is me
And I will never be set free
As long as I'm a ghost that you can't see

If I could read your mind love
What a tale your thoughts could tell
Just like a paperback novel
The kind that drugstores sell
When you reach the part where the heartaches come
The hero would be me
But heroes often fail
And you won't read that book again
Because the ending's just too hard to take

I'd walk away like a movie star
Who gets burned in a three way script
Enter number two
A movie queen to play the scene
Of bringing all the good things out in me
But for now love, let's be real
I never thought I could feel this way
And I've got to say that I just don't get it
I don't know where we went wrong
But the feelin's gone
And I just can't get it back

If you could read my mind love
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old time movie
'Bout a ghost from a wishin' well
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
But stories always end
And if you read between the lines
You'll know that I'm just tryin' to understand
The feelin's that you lack
I never thought I could feel this way
And I've got to say that I just to get it
I don't know where we went wrong
But the feelin's gone
And I just can't get it back

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