She was 9 years old goin' on grown, Shuffled around from home to home, And no matter what, wherever she went, She carried with her a stuffed elephant. And her new family knew she was afraid to say I love you 'Cause she thought she'd have to move away again someday So she clutched her little friend as they tucked her in, and then Said it'll be okay, all you have to say is elephant ears
[Chorus] Elephant ears, that'll be our code, When you can't say I love you, but you want someone to know, Sometimes it's what you see, and not just what you hear. So all you have to say is elephant ears.
But they loved that girl like she were their child, A sad little face became a big smile And years passed by, while they turned to grey She took care of them 'til they passed away And in their home sweet home, she wondered all alone Where memories lined the halls from wall to wall. And in their old bedroom, her elephant heirloom Was sitting on the shelf, and she said to herself.
She stared at their photograph reminiscing all the years Then catches her reflection, and her eyes fill up with tears Oh she cried until she laughed and when she realized instead That her lips were forming the words I love you, when she said,
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