I Hope You Understand Dear is about breaking off an affair with a laptop. Some of us use work to avoid painful feelings. We medicate by working compulsively and accomplishing things, even though we may be dying inside from loneliness. We feel that "if we can just get enough control of the world around us, we can make everything work out just right." Obsessive romance and "falling in love" are powerful medicators, and we can actually have an “affair” with our work to avoid facing some of the painful realities of our relationships at home.

I Hope You Understand Dear

For years I’ve been watchin’ folks on the T.V.
Sometimes it seemed they were more real than me
Then I met you computer, you wanted my touch
Y’gave me the ‘control’ that I needed so much!

I hope you understand Dear, you’ll forgive me, I know
Y’follow every ‘command’ Dear, but I’m going back home!

There was something attractive ‘bout your organized mind
I turned you on and our lives intertwined
I spent so much time sittin’, just gazing at you
That my wife, she suspected and my kids, they did too!

Well we didn’t try t’hide it, we started ‘scrollin’ around
We’d go out on ‘datas’ and you’d never ‘go down’
So I knew you meant business, that you weren’t the cheap kind
But I need some body, Darlin’, not just some mind!!

My wife and kids miss me, ‘n heck, you never smile,
So I’m goin’ back dear, t’start a new ‘file’!
Now the thrill is all gone, so it’s not worth the risk,
And it’s tough to play games with an old ‘floppy disk’!

I hope you understand Dear, you’ll forgive me, I know
I need someone with hands Dear, so I’m going back home!

But back home in the bedroom, my life was a wreck!
My wife was in bed, with ‘mega-bytes’ on her neck!
‘Warm boots’ in the hall, ‘Wordstars’ in her eyes,
A ‘User-friendly’ computer lyin’ there on her thighs!
(I couldn’t ‘cursor’ for that, so I said,)

I hope you understand Dear, and you’ll forgive me, I know!
Cause this ‘terminal illness’ has been wrecking our home!!!

I hope you understand Dear, cause I love you so much!
So let’s write some new ‘programs’, that’ll keep us in touch!

I hope you understand Dear, and you’ll forgive me, I know!
You’re just right for this man Dear, so I’m comin’ back home!

Written by Peter Alsop, ©1985, Moose School Music (BMI)

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Peter Alsop is a nationally known singer-songwriter, educator and humorist with a Ph.D. in educational psychology. He graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut and did his doctoral work at Columbia University's Teachers' College and Columbia Pacific University. He worked as the Director of The Harbor Schools Residential Treatment Center for emotionally disturbed adolescents in Maine and as a New York City elementary school teacher in the South Bronx ghetto.

Peter has produced nineteen audio recordings and seven videos and dvd's for which he consistently wins "Best Children's" awards from Parents' Choice and the Association For Independent Music. His songs are used daily by thousands of parents, educators and human service professionals to help families discuss sensitive issues. His "Wake Up" video with John Ritter helps families prevent child abuse and abduction. He's acted on stage and on television, directed a feature film, and performs extensively at conferences, festivals and concerts throughout the United States, Canada as well as hosting an annual training workshops at his Otter Space conference center in Northern California. He lives in Topanga, California with his wife, actress/director Ellen Geer, and their two daughters Willow and Megan. Contact: Moose School Productions, Box 960, Topanga, CA 90290 or 310-455-2318 or E-Mail or


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