If I Were

If I were a lullaby?
Would you sleep in my arms?
If I were a babies cry?
Would you shelter me from harm?

If I were a man in need?
Would you take me by the hand?
Lead me to the promised land?
Let me taste your milk and honey?
Make my days always sunny?
If I were a man in need?

If I were you and you were me?
Would we be all that we see?
If I were you and you were me?
Could we fall in love?

If I were old, very old and dying?
Would you bathe my body after death?
If I were young and foolish in trying?
Could you abate me with your breath?

If I were a man in love?
Would you give to me your heart?
Promise me we'll never part?
Take my heart in hand to hold?
Sell me a soul that's never been sold?
If I were a man in love?

Michael R. Roth

Archived 11/12/2009