All Things Being Equal

“You’re living for nothing now
I hope you’re keeping some kind of record.” *
- Leonard Cohen

I wish I’d kept a record like Leonard said I should
Memories are disappearing islands in a flood
All things being equal
Which of course they never are
Love would fall upon us all
And never leave a scar

I wish I’d kept a secret from my selfish heart
It was working on an ending from the very start
All things being equal
Which of course they never are
You’d still be here with me
It would not have gone this far

Smoke curled from your lips
Like a soul leaving the earth
I can tell you now you were the one
Whatever that is worth

I wish I’d kept you guessing instead of giving it away
I wish I’d learned to listen instead of learning what to say
All things being equal
Which of course they never are
Love would be a mystery
A wish upon a star

I wish I’d kept a record like Leonard said I should
Memories are disappearing islands in a flood
All things being equal
Which of course they never are
Love would fall upon us all
And never leave a scar

* Lines from ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ by Leonard Cohen.
Used with his kind permission.