One Hour Late

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My friend Raymond joined the world
bouncing baby boy, a head of curls
mother labored one more hour
patiently to hold him in her arms

Sixty minutes, every time
one delay or another he’d find
to arrive punctual was impossible
Father Time had other plans for him, he would find

School days followed, he was smart
To be on time, Raymond tried with heart.
He was tardy none the less
with an hour lost he’d pass the test

Sixty minutes, every time
One delay or another he’d find
To arrive punctual was impossible
Father Time had other plans for Raymond

Consequence would be his
on his wedding day instead of bliss
He found empty pews, the guests had gone
The girl he loved could not wait that long.

One short hour mattered less
As a writer, Raymond found success
Never married, he would find
lonely writers have the gift of time.

Sixty minutes, every time
One delay or another he’d find
To arrive punctual was impossible
Father Time had other plans for Raymond.

He grew old, when Death called
to retire Raymond to his end.
But he found himself one hour late
Grimm Reaper left empty handed, irate.

Three hundred years have passed, he’ll never change his ways.
Never, never, never
Sixty minutes saves you from The Reaper if you’re always delayed.
Sixty minutes saves you from The Reaper if you’re always delayed.

Story by Juan José Legarda
Lyrics by Racquel Roberts

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