Two Initials and a Heart

from Cabin Fever by Mandy Woods

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Two Initials and a Heart

I was singing my soul out
in a bar in Tennessee,
But it seemed you were
the only one there listening to me,
So I sang and played my old guitar
to you, and you alone,
And once I’d struck the final chord,
thank God you didn’t go.

You came up to me so shyly
when I’d finished my last song,
Said you recognised yourself
in each and every one;
I smiled at you, you held my gaze,
I couldn’t look away,
And from that moment on,
our lives would never be the same.

I thought a love like ours would never die,
Maturing like the six-string
I was playing that first night,
So I burned our two initials and a heart
Deep into that treasured old guitar.

Those initials and that heart
were like the sweetest country song,
The one about a romance
that lasts your whole life long;
Each time I played that old guitar
I felt the love inscribed
There beneath its tailpiece
and shining from your eyes.

I thought a love like ours would never die,
Maturing like the six-string
I was playing that first night,
So I burned our two initials and a heart
Deep into that treasured old guitar.

But love alone
can’t weather all life’s storms—
One too many arguments,
and what we had was gone;
You walked away but left your mark
burned into my guitar,
So I took a knife and cut out
those initials and that heart.

Too late I realised the holes
I’d pierced in my guitar
Would never help my life move on
or heal my splintered heart,
So I cut three pieces out of spruce
and placed them carefully
Right where our two initials
and the heart once used to be.

I never thought a love like ours could die,
Never dreamed three wooden blanks
would be its only lasting sign
When I burned our two initials and a heart
Deep into my treasured old guitar,
When I burned our two initials and a heart
Deep into my treasured old guitar.

© 2020, Mandy Woods

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from Cabin Fever, released February 22, 2021
Written and performed by Mandy Woods

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Mandy Woods Glastonbury, UK

The transatlantic flavour of Mandy Woods’ songs reflects a decade spent in Austin, Texas. Now based in Somerset, she plays guitar and country blues harmonica and performs at venues around the UK. Mandy also writes songs about dachshunds, as WagsLyrical. ... more

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