Once before I die,
without having to regret,
I'd love to hold you in my arms
like I did when we first met.
Times were so much simpler then
and we were young and gay,
we loved and lived with all our hearts
every moment of every day.
Tomorrow was of no concern
we lived and loved today
your tender touch and loving kiss
took my breath away.
But time does not stand still
nor hold youth and love in sway
a terrible war loomed dark and fierce
and I was called away.
Absence is no friend of love
and cherished memories
are not enough to keep love fast
or fill a lonely heart's needs.
And so we went our separate ways
but with desperate regrets
about the space which changed our lives
that we'd both like to forget.
You're married now with family
and I think of you and sigh
I'd love to hold you close again
just once before I die.