“Your Girl” is the fourth song in The Dark-Eyed Chameleon – and easily its most poignant. A recollection of the ex-lover’s young daughter, its music and words spin a narrative of joy, carefree play and fresh, unexpected delight – turning suddenly bereft toward the end as a late-night car ride signals that doom is just around the corner. As this emotional piece reaches its climax, words of farewell that there was no time for are expressed by the composer.
Your girl, wonderful and radiant,
a small flower unfolding into early bloom.
She touched my heart so deeply,
and I touched hers, I do believe.
Innocent, uncomplicated love
freely given between us two.
Sheer delight of child’s play,
tucked her in at night,
sat in the dark til Dreamland descended,
marveled that this special bliss
had finally come my way.
Joy without measure.
I thanked the Creator
-- for the first time in my life.
As we rode together that night,
shrieking and giggling,
I barely noticed your black cloud.
Though I could not have known,
this would be our final ride.
The sky is blue and filled with your tomorrows.
Denied good-byes, farewell, dear sprite.
You must be a big girl now.