When I Was Three
Karen Mal
 
When I was three I could not tell a lie
Everybody I knew was still alive
My best friend Irene was a few houses down
All the people I loved lived in the same town

I couldn't tell time; it was time that told me
When to wake up and how hungry to be
My dad was the handsomest man that I knew
And my favorite art was the pictures I drew

And the fireworks on that Fourth of July were the best ones that I'd ever seen
I had nothing to lose, nothing to fear in a world where my mother was Queen
And when I was lost someone always came looking for me
When I was three

The water was never too cold at the beach
Nothing I wanted was out of my reach
I was at home in or out of my clothes
And a dandelion flower was as pretty as a rose

And the fireworks on that Fourth of July were the best ones that I'd ever seen
I had nothing to lose, nothing to fear in a world where my mother was Queen
And when I was lost someone always came looking for me
When I was three

Newborn babies know how to swim
New-made lovers glow when they begin
It's the learning of fears
It's the weight of the years
That makes us forget who we've been

My big sister and I had not grown apart
No sweetheart had ever broken my heart
I had no regrets no emotional scars
No secret reasons for wishing on stars

And the fireworks on that Fourth of July were the best ones that I'd ever seen
I had nothing to lose, nothing to fear in a world where my mother was Queen
And when I was lost someone always came looking for me
When I was three