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Words and Music by Christine Lavin

The reality of me
Can not compete
With the dreams you have of her
And the love you've given me
Is not as sweet
As the feelings that she stirs
And so you turn away
And you say that you're sorry
But you must pursue this dream
This improbable dream
Though things have not been bad
You can't say that you've had
Quite as good a time
As it first seemed

The reality of me
Is not what you write
Love songs about
You'd rather be longing from afar
You're not as comfortable with love
As you are without
And she's a thousand miles gone
And that's fine
'Cause you're fond of the shimmer
That distance lends to these things
And tonight when you sleep
You'll be dreaming of the love
And the happiness
You're so sure she will bring

The reality of me
Is probably much like
The reality of her
By the time you find this out
Let's just hope
I've recovered from the hurt
'Cause if I get a call
That you're all by yourself
And you're longing for the love
That we once knew
Oh what would I do
With the reality of you.