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Only Heat I Had

(Based on a story told to me by Ray Dicker, who lived just
south of Dublin, Ireland, in a town called Bray.
He worked in his family’s electronics repair shop.)

she came into the shop one day when snow was coming down 

there weren’t a lot of customers, empty streets of town 

just an old woman with an old style toaster in her hand 

she laid it on the counter said “fix it if you can”

“yes I can,” says I, “it may take a day or 2

but I’ll see what I can do and get it back to you”
she smiled a thank you smile her eyes loving gaze 

“it’s the only heat I have,” she says, “and it’s been cold for days”

it’s the only heat I have, the only heat I have
she smiled a thank you smile, her eyes loving gaze 

“it’s the only heat I have,” she said, “and it’s been cold for days”

I lived inside a frozen town for quite a year or more

the sun never rose much up above the kitchen floor 

I’d go outside as long as I could bear to take the freeze
and all alone I’d wander home with a blanket round my knees

I’d never known the kind of warmth that others talk about

and they say that what you’ve never had you can easy do without

I was used to such a temperature, I didn’t know that it could rise

until I met a young woman with the fire in her eyes

we became each other’s lovers, it happened pretty fast 

but you know what they say about the things that never last

I went out one morning, she was nowhere to be found

she had packed up all that fire and headed out of town

she was the only heat I had, the only heat I had

she had packed up all that fire, and a little extra too
she was the only heat I had but she was only passin’ through

so I think about the wintertime that lays across the land
and I think about that old woman with the toaster in her hand
and I think about the fire in my long lost lover’s eyes
it might happen again sometime, I wouldn’t be surprised

she was the only heat I had, the only heat I had

she packed up all that fire, I guess she had some place place to go
but I gave up feelin’ sorry for myself a long time ago