The Vacation Of Their Lives

from The Bellevue Years

He snaps her photo in front of a waterfall
She takes his in front of the car
At night, they eat in strange resturants
And drink in unfamiliar bars

Though they're miles and miles away from home
On the Vacation of Their Lives
Both of 'em watch their marriage decline
And dissolve right before their eyes

They haven't spent so much time alone
Since 1973
That's the year they drove up to Canada
And gazed at the cold, cold sea
Even then they were only too well aware
Of something missing in their lives
And now both of 'em watch their marriage decline
And dissolve right before their eyes

Oh it's his fault
It's her fault
It's his fault
OK
"I was wrong" he said
Though never meaning it
She scolds him
He holds her in bed
Out of habit
That's all

Oh he loves her
He hates her
She loves him
She hates how he loves her
And in the evening
They pretend not to hear sounds of laughter from across the hall

She smooths Ban do Solei on his back
As he poses in the sun
He tries to recall how it used to feel
When she was the only one
And they stare at the brightly colored sail boats
And the seagulls in the sky
But all they can see
Is love slipping away
And dissolving before their eyes

Oh, it's her fault
It's his fault
It's her fault
OK
"I was wrong" she said
Though never meaning it
He scolds her
She holds him in bed
Out of habit
That's all

She loves him
She hates him
He loves her
He hates how she's in love with him
And in the evening
They pretend not to hear sounds of love from across the hall

He snaps her photo in front of a monument
She snaps at him in the car
Tonight they'll find some cheap restaurant
And toast to the past in some bar

Though they're miles and miles and away from home
On the vacation of their lives
Both of them watch their marriage decline
And dissolve right before their eyes
Oh there's nothing quite sad
As the love that's gone bad
Between Husbands and Wives
Husbands and Wives
Husbands and Wives

© Christine Lavin CL2 ASCAP

updated: 8 years ago