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Don't Ask Your Love To Choose (Eileen Quinn)

He says, come on, Mother, our children are grown,
It's time we were living the life of our own;
And she knows with that boat he's like a dog with a bone,
She looks at the sea and her heart sinks like a stone.

Life is a compromise, love's not a test,
Don't ask your love to choose what he loves best.

She's a little unsure, but willing to try,
Now she's packing her memories away with a sigh;
And they're casting off docklines, waving goodbye,
He tries not to notice the tear in her eye.

Life is a compromise, love's not a test,
Don't ask your love to choose what he loves best.

Sailing on slowly from place to place,
He loves the sea and the wide open space;
And he's thinking he's lucky he checked out of the race,
She's thinking her grandchildren won't know her face.

Life is a compromise, love's not a test,
Don't ask your love to choose what he loves best.

Now they've been out there three years,
When he says to her I'm having the time of my life,
Feel like I'm in my prime;
But to her it still feels like an uphill climb,
Seems like she's saying goodbye all the time.

Life is a compromise, love's not a test,
Don't ask your love to choose what he loves best.

Then she says to him one day,
You know I've done what I can;
But I miss my family and my friends,
And it's time we swallowed the hook.
What do you say, old man?

He's sad and he's silent, but he's turning for land.

Life is a compromise, love's not a test,
Don't ask your love to choose what he loves best.

Back a year and seen grandkids maybe three times or four,
She's a little surprised to find her days are a bore;
And her wonderful garden is nothing but a chore,
He laughs when she says let's go cruising once more.

Life is a compromise, love's not a test,
Don't ask your love to choose what he loves best.

####.... Eileen Quinn ....####
Recorded by Eileen Quinn (No Significant Features, trk#2, 1997, Independent).


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