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The Other One

from Phase Transition by Glen Raphael

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My invitation came too late
You already had a date.
Thought it might not go so well
But you fell
Now you have someone
Someone who desires
And helps and loves and cares and still perpetually inspires.
Until that love is done, that makes me
The other one.

While I gratuitously pine, you seem to never see the sign.
We could go on like that until the end of days
And then part ways.
But I'm trapped within the shadow of a glance you barely took
Dreading that next update, pressing petals in a book.
Another chance will come
Right now, I'm the other one.

And I will be here, waiting in the wings
Counting on the strife that every moment brings.
Just a friend, and a friendly ear
Thinking this won't last the year
Races have been run
Look how far we've come

And someday a new love will appear
Enough to make the whole world clear.
You didn't know it was so near.
But it's a love so overpowering
A budding, blooming flowering
A shining silver, picture perfect moment in the sun
When I won't be the other one.


from Phase Transition, released October 21, 2013




Glen Raphael New York, New York

Glen Raphael is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who performs songs on such nerdy and diverse topics as quantum physics, bedbugs, and the Statue of Liberty's mid-life crisis. Glen has won Best Original Song awards at NCSA events and is the current organizer of the New York City Folk Music Meetup. ... more

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