Should I Feel Guilty?

from West by The Restoration

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[Narrator: Pop, 1991]

When you told him you were gonna leave
And we watched them lose everything
I don’t think that we really knew what it would mean
When we sent your children away
Your face to my chest, you cried as we swayed
We danced in New York and I knew I’d do anything to stay with you, girl
To stay with you, girl—but I wondered:

Should I feel guilty for loving you the way I do?

We nested in your hometown
I peddled booze, you held the books down
Your boys came to visit, brought wives and damn kids around
I watched your red curls turn to gray
You painted and gardened, I kept the squirrels away
At nighttime you held me, my heart beat my chest, thinking: nothing I do
Can keep this for always—please stay with me, girl
Please stay with me, girl

Should I feel guilty for loving you the way I do?

I cursed God and the hospital bed
When Type 2 took your legs
Your boys came to visit­—I didn’t see, smell, hear them
I saw only you and felt only dread
I piled up the mail in our house
Until your boys moved me out
I don’t think that I really knew what it would mean to be
Without you, girl—but I know one thing I’ll never ask

Should I feel guilty for loving you the way I do?

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from West, released October 25, 2019

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