why would he lie?

Why Would He Lie? (a story)

liar – three dog night

I won’t ever leave
If you want me to stay
Nothing you could do
That could turn me away

He sounded like a romantic poet. Because he practiced it, over and over. Over and over. Till he got the inflections perfect. Till it sounded like he was battling with sweet emotion. It seemed so real. You had to ask yourself, how could it be anything but real? Why would he lie?

Hanging on anyway
Believing the things you say
Being the fool

He sounded so charming. He knew all the cues needed in social engagements today. He practiced in his mirror, many hours a day. Just to get the right tone to his voice, the right look in his eye. Before he went to her. Till she had no choice but to believe him. It couldn’t just be words, now could it? What would he gain?

You’ve taken my life
So take my soul
That’s what you said
And I believed it all

And as each day went by, she fell more into his trap. Because there really was no reason why he’d lie to her. There were plenty of other women who would take him if she said no. She wasn’t rich or beautiful. She was just vulnerable. So she fell in love, because she trusted his facade. He was perfection…

I want to be with you
Long as you want me to
But don’t move away

She couldn’t move away.

Ain’t that what you said?
Ain’t that what you said?
Ain’t that what you said?

it was too good to be true

Liar
Liar, liar

it was too good to be true

We have seen no night
We have seen no day
If I ever leave
Would you want me to stay?

Till she heard the same words he said to her come out of his mouth to another woman. Till she saw the same emotions and inflections on his face, in his words when he spoke to the other woman.

You can believe in me
I won’t be leaving
I won’t let you go

And the words that had meant so much were meaningless. Till she confronted him, till they confronted him…

Ain’t that what you said?
Ain’t that what you said?
Ain’t that what you said?

It wasn’t a promise, it was a threat!

Liar
Liar, liar
Liar

It wasn’t a promise, it was a threat!

You’ve taken my life
So take my soul
That’s what you said
But who are we to know?

If he couldn’t convince her, he’d kill her. If he couldn’t have her, noone else would. He couldn’t leave evidence of his perfidy behind. Now could he? Why wouldn’t he just move on to the next one? How could she mean so much to him?

I want to be with you
Long as you want me to
But don’t move away

Or did she? Or did they? Maybe he lied because he had no choice. Secrets, games and manipulation were his tools. Without them he was lost. So those who knew him had to be punished. It was who he wanted to be, at all costs!

Ain’t that what you said?
Ain’t that what you said?
Ain’t that what you said?

Who was the devil’s child? The liar!

Liar
Liar, liar

Who was the devil’s child? The liar!

Who was the devil’s child? The liar!

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