I didn’t believe Mark when he told me he was through waiting for Ruth, but he believed it enough to write a song about it.
He sent me a copy of the demo seven years ago. It was a good start for what could have been a popular country song, because it was filled with the angst of saying goodbye to someone who had caused grief and confusion. It expressed feelings that everyone has experienced at some point.
The verses were full of anger and hurt. He was putting his love for Ruth in a hole and burying it. He was done with her “silly games” and her “selfish needs.” And the chorus ended with, “You’re not gonna break my heart; I’m sayin’ goodbye.”
Mark and Ruth went their separate ways. Each one of them made decisions based on the assumption that things were over for good. Each had his or her own reasons. To protect each of them, I won’t say more than that here.
Mark lives a thousand miles away now, but I had dinner with him this week when he came to town. It turns out I was right not to believe his wounded heart when he swore he was finished with Ruth.