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As I Sat Sadly By Her Side

This song is by Gerd Köster and Dirk Raulf and appears on the Live album NOX: Gabelfrühstück (2006).

As I sat sadly by her side
At the window, through the glass
She stroked a kitten in her lap
And we watched the world as it fell past
Softly she spoke these words to me
And with brand new eyes, open wide
We pressed our faces to the glass
As I sat sadly by her side

She said, father, mother, sister, brother
Uncle, aunt and nephew, niece
Soldier, sailor, physician, labourer
Actor, scientist, mechanic, priest
Earth and moon and sun and stars
And planets and comets with tails blazing
All are there forever falling
Falling lovely and amazing

Then she turned to me and smiled
And waited for me to reply
Her hair was falling down her shoulders
As I sat sadly by her side

As I sat sadly by her side
The kitten she did gently pass
Over to me and again we pressed
Our different faces to the glass
That may be very well, I said
But watch the man falling in the street
See him gesture to his neighbours
See him trampled beneath their feet
All outward motion connects to nothing
For each is concerned with their immediate need
Witness the man reaching up from the gutter
See the other one stumbling on who you cannot see

With trembling hand I turned toward her
And wiped the hair off her eyes
The kitten jumped back to her lap
As I sat sadly by her side

Then she drew the curtains down
And said, oh, when will you ever learn
That what happens beyond the glass
Is simply none of your concern?
For God has given you but one heart
You are not a home for the hearts of your brothers

God does not care for your benevolence
Anymore, nor does he cares for the lack of it in others
Nor does he care for you to sit
At windows in judgement of the world he created
While sorrows all pile up around you
Ugly, useless and over-inflated

At which she turned her head away
Great tears leaping from her eyes
I couldn't wipe the smile from my face
As I sat sadly by her side

As I sat sadly by her side
As I sat sadly by her side
As I sat sadly by her side


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