What If, Then What?

from by Eliot Wilder

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What if I'd awoken a little bit later
I never would have witnessed that coup de main
And what if I'd stayed in bed a little bit longer
I never would have been on that train

And what if I hadn't been in such a freakin' hurry
I'd not have been a part of the event
Well I wouldn't have my name
Among the names in all the papers
I'd have not gone through what I underwent

And what if I hadn't done all the things I've done
That led me to this very time and place
What if I'd only been a different kind of guy
Maybe I'd deliver the coup de grace

What if, then what

What if I had dreamed a different kind of dream
Instead of one of mediocrity
Maybe I'd be rich and maybe more successful
I would be a better kind of me

And what if my genius was that of a Picasso
Or a Joyce or an Eliot or a Pound
Imagine me feted by high society
Instead of the underground

And what if I had been a little bit luckier
Instead being a so down and out
Maybe I would not be such a freakin' loser
Cleaning out other people's grout

What if I had taken a different path this morning
What if I went left instead of right
What if I had stopped to help out a stranger
What if I had some foresight

What if I had listened to that tiny voice inside me
The one that should not ever be denied
Maybe things would've gone a little bit different
Maybe then I would not have died


from Fatherland, released November 11, 2016



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