Title: A Simple Love Song

Author: Seana Renay.

Pairing: Billy Tallent/Joe Dick.

Rating: Slash, PG-13.

Summary: Billy writes a song for Joe.

Disclaimers: Not mine. No money. Don't sue.

Notes: "A Simple Love Song," was written by my hugely talented friend, Lucas Carpenter. I can't write music, so he was kind enough to give me his words. This is for him.

Date: February 2001.



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I wrote a song for Joe. Always meant to do it, but I can't write for shit. "Leave it to me, Billy-boy," he'd say when I'd try. Smile, wink. "I know what you want to say." Of course he did, he'd scribble out my thoughts like they were his, like it was easy. It was, for him. And they were.

"It's a simple love song

And I hope

That I don't

Complicate it

With the words I can't even write on paper. . ."


It's just a little slow, acoustic piece, too pussy to try to put on a record. I'd never want to, anyway. It's personal.

"It's a simple love song

And I hope

That I don't

Drag it along

And miss out on what I'm trying to say. . ."


I played it for John. We talk, sometimes, when we're both home. He said the same thing I always think to myself when I play it. "It's beautiful, Bill, it really is. But he'd hate it."

"Someday, I'll write a symphony

And perform it in the clouds

But until then

You're stuck with ordinary me

And if that's all right by you, baby

It's all right by me, too. . ."


He'd say he hated it. He'd punch me in the stomach. "Don't ever play shit like that around me again, Bill. Shit like that gives me migraines." But he'd know that I'd know him better. He'd remember every word, every chord, for the rest of his life, and he'd love that I'd written them for him. He'd love it like hell, but he'd die before he'd ever admit it.

"It's a simple love song

A simple love song

A simple love song, my gift is this love song

To you

From ordinary me And if that's all right by you, baby

It's all right by me, too."


I know. Because he did.