Listen to Clear as a Bell

This is the first song I ever wrote. It explores the notion that as we age, we earn the privilege of recasting our memories any way we damn well please.


Clear as a Bell

© 1989 Bryan Masters

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Jake’s thought about her every day for years
                                      A                    E
She wrote him love letters but they seem to have disappeared
           A 
He can’t get ‘em out and read them,
                            E
but he remembers how they went
                               A                E
She the darling debutante and Jake the dashing gent

      D                             A                    E
And though it never happened he remembers it clear as a bell
      D                             A                    E   B A E
And though it never happened he remembers it clear as a bell

Opal remembers her gentlemen callers well
They’d ride in a carriage out to the wishing well
They’d all propose marriage
But she’s laugh and turn them down
She was qute a lively dancer, the prettiest girl in town

And though it never happened she remembers it clear as a bell
And though it never happened she remembers it clear as a bell

  A                                 E
Age can be cruel but memories are kind
   A                                            E
Things that never happened last forever in my mind
                               A                     A
The more I think about it the more things work out fine
                               A            E
Whether fact or fantasy these memories are mine

Bryan Masters Music/ASCAP