Stardust

Nat King Cole

And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we're apart

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A man, clad entirely in black, stood, hands clasped behind his back, as he looked out into the vastness of space. Without warning, memories, that he had long ago banished, began to resurface.

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You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is now the stardust
Of yesterday
The music
Of the years
Gone by

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Once again he heard her laugh, saw her smile; at first dimly, then more clearly. He remembered all the times that they had shared together; they seemed like a lifetime ago. So deep in his memories was he that he could almost feel her beside him…

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Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely nights
Dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you.
When our love was new, and each kiss an inspiration

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He remembered how, for months – years – after he had lost her, he would dream of her. Sometimes he would fancy that he saw her; her laughter fading into the background…

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But that was long ago, and now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song
Beside the garden wall, when stars are bright
You are in my arms

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But those times were long passed; he would never see her again; at least, not in this life. But sometimes, her memory would come back to haunt him, catching him unawares

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The nightingale tells his fairy tale
Of paradise where roses grew
Though I dream in vain, in my heart you will remain
My stardust melody
The memory of love's refrain

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Ultimately, however, he knew it was all pointless; he had lost her; he would never see her again. But he also knew that no matter how much he tried, he would never – could never – forget her. He was brought back to reality by a man in uniform and he was no longer Anakin, but Vader once more.