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Thread #24361   Message #1090643
Posted By: akenaton
11-Jan-04 - 07:26 PM
Thread Name: Songs of hope and optimism
Subject: Lyr Add: AFTER ALL (Henry Lawson, Garnet Rogers)
AFTER ALL
(Henry Lawson, Garnet Rogers)

Brooding ghosts of this dark night have gone from bush and town.
My spirit revives in the morning breeze, tho' it died when the sun went down.
The river is high and the stream is strong. The grass is green and tall,
And I fain would think this world of ours is a good world, after all.

The light of passion in dreamy eyes, the page of truth well read,
The glorious thrill in a heart gone cold of a spirit once thought dead,
The song that goes to a comrade's heart, the tear of pride let fall.
My heart grows brave and the world to me is a good world after all.

Let our enemies go by their old dull paths. Let theirs be fault or shame.
The man who's bitter against the world has only himself to blame.
Let the darkest side of the past stay dark, and only good recall,
For I must believe the world to be a good world after all.

It might well be, I saw too plain, or maybe I was blind,
But I'll keep my face to the dawning light, tho' the devil stands behind.
Tho' the devil stands behind my back, till I see his shadow fall,
I'll read in the light of the morning stars, "Good world after all."

Rest, for your eyes are weary, love. He drove the worst away.
The ghost of the man I might have been is gone from my heart today.
We'll live for life and the best it brings, till our twilight shadows fall.
My heart grows brave and the world to me is a good world after all.