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I've come back this mornin to where I first came alive.
Here within this terminal where the buses arrive.
I was the commuter on the 804,work for a computer on the 19th floor and...
You came down the aisle of the bus and you sat by my side.
Shoulder up to shoulder we shared that 9 o' clock ride.
Oh my heart was screamin as you left your seat
Followin your movements I was at your feet and...
Oh down into the terminal both of us smiled,so we entered the terminal just as you smiled, "won't you leave out work for today?" you ask of me then.
So I phoned-in sick- on the way to the home of a friend.
We were all alone from 10 AM till 3,Really thought the fire had gone out of me but...
You awoke the sleep of my life from gray into red.
Made the weary wonder of Wall Street rise from the dead.
Could have held up budding my entire life.
But I had to get home to the kids and the wife and...
So I let for the terminal where I began. Baby,no, I wouldn't have left if I'd been half a man.
So here I am this morning where love had asked for the dance
Here within this terminal where I passed on a chance
Lord,I'll never find her though I've trully tried
Probably she's found another bus to ride and...
I am now about to begin the last of my days,I'm within what others would call a terminal phase
I myself can only say it's livin' dead. Ridin' to the office with a song in my head that goes...
La da da
And you know it grows
La da da... La da da...



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    UnregisteredJun 19, 2012 at 6:50 am
    Aaah.. What a song.. I do not know what makes me feel "sayang... " nice story.. It will leave some things for the listeners to think about.. The meaning: maybe he adore his wife, love her in some ways, there no true love.. And so when he met this lady on the terminal, maybe that's when he feels the true love.. But unfortunately, he's a family man na.. And so they parted ways.. But when he was decided to choose the one he really loves, the lady was gone...
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    anne216Dec 20, 2010 at 9:49 am
    This song is about a man who could be in a loveless marriage (thought the fire had gone out of me) then meets the love of his life (you awoke the sleep of my life from gray into red), the one love that gives his life meaning and he would want to be with (could have held her body my entire life).

    However, since he is already married and has kids, he decided to stay with them (but i had to get home to the kids and the wife) at the expense of his great love. Of course, sacrificing your great love even for a much worthy cause will make you miserable and live a life with regret (here i am this morning where love had asked for the dance, here within this terminal where i passed on a chance).

    I guess the song is trying to say that you shouldn't let true love pass you by (lord, i'll never find her though i've truly tried, probably she's found another bus to ride) because you might not have another chance of getting it back.
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    UnregisteredNov 13, 2013 at 12:18 am
    This reminds me of a bad experience. Men and women who are already married ,tend to find and seek for another partner. But in the end its them , that put themselves in hot water. We must take care of lovelife. It must not be sel-serving but for ghe good of family .buy not hurting others is the best love we may ever did in our lives
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    Carole-Nelson PondJun 10, 2013 at 7:56 pm
    Rupert I miss hearing from you...lots of changes here, maybe there as well Just drop me a line at metanoia8@hotmail.com Please don't lose touch after all these years.
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    UnregisteredJun 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm
    I guess the song speaks of terminal in two levels: one, the brief encounter with this woman who eventually made him realize that family priority still counts and second, as releasing the memory of that encounter. Beautifully written!

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