The Moment Slipped Away

from Beau Woes and Other Problems of Modern Life

The Moment Slipped Away
Words and Music by Christine Lavin
Copyright 1987 Flip-A-Jig Music (ASCAP), Happy Valley Music (BMI)

She's a famous actress
Movies and TV
I recognize her as we climb
The stairs of the IRT
We cross the street together
We're moving up Broadway
I'm trying to come up with something
Clever I can say
About how I love her work
And what it means to me
How in her most recent film
She acted brilliantly
Maybe she'll think I'm stupid
Maybe this'll make her day
But she disappeared into the crowd
And The Moment Slipped Away

He works the wards of Bellevue Hospital
Mail Delivery
For two years every weekday morning
He said hello to me
We'd joke about the local teams
The weather of the day
Though there were many other things
I really wanted to say
You see, he wasn't like the rest of us
It was a struggle for him to walk
And you had to concentrate really hard
Just to understand him talk
I wanted to ask him
"Where do you get the courage
To come to work each day?"
But I quit that job
I moved along
And The Moment Slipped Away

Kind words don't move the earth
But if it can improve your self worth
Why do I let these moments pass me by
Instead I'm quick to judge
And I'm quick to blame
I'm quick to criticize
Quick to maim
It's hard to change
But I'll try
Oh I'll try

So maybe it's your best friend
Or the next stranger you see
Maybe it's your neighbor
Maybe it's you
Maybe it's me
Who needs to hear encouragement
To make it through the day
Who needs to hear whatever kind words
You might have to say
It doesn't matter where you're going
Or where you have been
'Cuz right now is the perfect moment
For us to begin
To appreciate each other
In new and different ways
Oh please don't let another golden Moment
Slip Away
Appreciate each other
More and more each day
Oh please don't let another golden Moment
Slip Away

updated: 10 years ago