Tom Cunliffe
Songwriter





Lyrics 




This Table is a River 

Template for Love 


He’s expected to be strong

She’s expected to be sweet

And they’re expected to get on

When I hang my head

In these trembling hands

I’m expected not to weep

They ask you to smile

They ask you to be sweet

They want you to be sorry

They want you to be meek



And this table is a river

And the silence makes it wide

And I’m stuck without a paddle

Standing on the other side

Watching as the joy

Is being swept from your eyes

And everything you gave

That made me laugh

Made them cry







Your words were getting bold

Pinning stars against the sky

With every story that you told

Until the darkness couldn’t live

With the light you tried to give

With the lust that we all love

It came from the deep

Dripping with a poisoned tongue

Vomit spilling from its pores

Saying we shouldn’t have such fun



And this table is a river

And the silence makes it wide

And I’m stuck without a paddle

Standing on the other side

Watching as the joy

Is being swept from your eyes

And everything you gave

That made me laugh

Made them cry





My mind’s in the bottle

The drugs in my system

Are keeping me missing

Saturday’s smile and Sunday’s rest

They keep me sweating acid and sand

I’m half a man

Half of you at my best



And this table is a river

And the silence makes it wide

And I’m stuck without a paddle

Standing on the other side

Watching as the joy

Is being swept from your eyes

And everything you gave

That made me laugh