So There You Are

Lyric by Clive James, music by Pete Atkin

So there you are
It seems I'm gone on you again
After travelling so very far;
In spite of all that's gone before.

How can it last?
The way I feel is just the same
As it once was in the distant past:
It's a force without a name.

That rolls away or crumples
Like a cherished and a fragile thing;
A single bead still missing from a broken string
A broken reed, a balsa wing.

So there you were
And now you move back to the past
A marvellousness that doesn't last —
Unless we chance to meet once more.

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