did I see you down in a young girl's town
with your mother in so much pain?
I was almost there at the top of the stairs
with her screamin' in the rain
did I see you walking with the boys
though it was not hand in hand?
and was some black face in a lonely place
when you could understand?
will I see you give more than I can take?
will I only harvest some?
as the days fly past will we lose our grasp
or fuse it in the sun?
did she wake you up to tell you that
it was only a change of plan?
dream up, dream up, let me fill your cup
with the promise of a man