How Could You Be So Kind

I went down by the monument
to see the eternal flame
for all the souls that came and went
we never even know their names
the sky was dark and cloudy
rain came a-tumblin’ down
that old flame kept a-burnin’
right in the center of town

I took a walk down a side street
past the pawn shops and the bars
windows selling broken dreams
wedding rings and guitars
I heard a jukebox sing a song
about a lonesome cowboy blues
thought about the way that we said good-bye
felt like a stone in my shoes

(chorus)
why did you have to touch my heart
how could you be so kind
so little distance keeping us apart
trouble in my piece of mind

I know a woman with children three
one day her man was gone
left her alone with a family
she had to learn to be strong
she moved away to a foreign land
where people do not hide
felt the touch of a stranger’s hand
kindred to the spirit inside

and I know a people who don’t believe
that love is a thing to be sold
they measure time in generations
a life for the young and the old
there was a battleground one day
and death sang a terrible song
for every soul that slipped away
there was another one to carry it on

(chorus)
why did you have to touch my heart
how could you be so kind
so little distance keeping us apart
trouble in my piece of mind

now I’ll go down by the riverside
maybe rest for a while
think about some of the good times we had
bring a little smile
I coulda said I was a stranger to love
coulda said I didn’t know how
shoulda said I couldn’t stand to see you go
but it’s too late for that now

(chorus)
why did you have to touch my heart
how could you be so kind
so little distance keeping us apart
trouble in my piece of mind
trouble in my piece of mind