Lovers (Soldiers in Dreams)

Written Adrian Mannering--I remember him from playing in Donoghue's.

Soldiers in dreams are like lovers who come without warning
And take you by surprise when you think you must make it alone
Ah but sooner or later their presence is only a memory
But you know that without them you never could roll back the stone

And as lovers lie sleeping I find myself travelling towards you
The morning arises, the wind is as soft as a sigh
And whatever's before me is nothing to what I have come through
The pain and the passion, the tears, the laughs and the life

Now my darling once told me that loving is better than living
But I told her survival for me was the easier game
And I couldn't live with her, now if I can't live without her
I thought I'd feel different, somehow I still feel the same

And if lovers are losers then what price the game we are playing?
What price the man who has not got the money to pay?
And the silence of ages, like praying, seems just an illusion
For the lost and the lonely, those who have nothing to say

Now Romeo tells me that Juliet would die without him
And Ophelia's crazy for Hamlet who wants to be king
And away in the distance Mark Antony loves Cleopatra
While Portia sits silent, soliloquizing in the wing

Soldiers in dreams are like lovers who come without warning
And take you by surprise when you think you must make it alone
Ah but sooner or later their presence is only a memory
But you know that without them you never could roll back the stone

Adrian Mannering was born in and lives in Dublin. He has two CDs available: 'As You Were': Erect Records ERCD001 (1998) and 'On Leighlin Road' (2001), and perhaps more by now. He has been described in 'Irish Music' as a songwriter " . . . with [a] rare ability to connect with words and music a time a place and a generation, to the widest understanding of humanity'.

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