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    [post_content] => When I first heard you sing, my heart turned over,
not knowing, then, how long I'd be your lover,
nor what sense it made to speak of forever.

But here you are today: wife, mother, grandmother.
Fortune, hard work and love held us together.
I hear you singing, and my heart turns over.
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I Hear You Singing

Michael Swan

When I first heard you sing, my heart turned over,
not knowing, then, how long I’d be your lover,
nor what sense it made to speak of forever.

But here you are today: wife, mother, grandmother.
Fortune, hard work and love held us together.
I hear you singing, and my heart turns over.