Shelf Life of Love

1992 Words and Music by Randy Stonehill and Terry Scott Taylor
Recorded by Mercy River for their album "Coyote Moon" (1992)
I've been the one who plays close to the vest
You give an inch or two
But you never give the rest
But when I look into her eyes
It puts me to the test

(Chorus 1):
She tells me forever is the shelf life of love
Let's take it down and see what we're made of
When darkness binds me, her beauty reminds me
Of heaven up above
She tells me forever is the shelf life of love

I hid my heart in a safe behind the wall
It's been locked up so long
I'm not sure it's there at all
But when I look into her eyes
This fortress starts to fall

(Chorus 2):
She tells me forever is the shelf life of love
Her smile breaks through the things I'm frightened of
When darkness binds me, her beauty reminds me
Of heaven up above
She tells me forever is the shelf life of love

Her gentle faith captures me
And brings me back again
Believing in the shelf life of love
But when I look into her eyes
This fortress starts to fall

(Repeat chorus 1)