If You Only Knew

by Rick Paul

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This is a story of true, long-term friendship, of the sort where the friends can reveal their innermost secrets -- well, with the exception of forbidden feelings that must remain forever hidden to avoid risking that friendship.

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IF YOU ONLY KNEW
words and music by Rick Paul

I sit across the table as you bare your soul
So close that I could touch you, but you're not mine to hold
Oh, you tell me that the heartbreak's starting in again
And you're so glad I'm not like other men

Then you say it's so nice to have a friend so kind
But I wonder if we'd still be friends if you could read my mind

If you only knew what I was thinking of right now
If you only heard the words I cannot say
Would you still be here
Just a touch away
When I look at you like this
Dreaming of your kiss
What would you do
If you only knew

As I look across the table and into your eyes
The neon lights show me tears you're trying hard to hide
Oh, I want so much to hold you, and say, "It'll be all right"
But, if I did, I'm not sure I could let you go tonight

And so I ask about him, and "How are the kids?"
To remind myself why I must bite my tongue like this

If you only knew what I was thinking of right now
If you only heard the words I cannot say
Would you still be here
Just a touch away
When I look at you like this
Dreaming of your kiss
What would you do
If you only knew

Would you still be here
Just a touch away
When I look at you like this
Dreaming of your kiss
What would you do
If you only knew

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released July 30, 2021
Performed, produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Rick Paul. Cover artwork and photography by Rick Paul.

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Rick Paul Laguna Hills, California

Rick Paul's songs combine memorable pop/rock and country melodies with mature, often thought provoking, lyrics on life and love. His singing has drawn comparisons to Dan Hill, Randy Newman, and Neil Young, while his piano playing is most frequently compared to Rick’s biggest musical influence, Elton John. Rick performs frequently in Orange County, California. ... more

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