Say It With Song: Stranger on the Sidewalk, Can We Talk?

Last time I,
I saw you walking,
And I started,
Started pretending,
I knew you and you knew me too…

The day: Wednesday.

The time: almost 6:00 p.m.

The giant facade of the UCF Nicholson School of Communication loomed overhead as we hurried toward each other. Never having met before, our eyes shyly connected from across the asphalt.  Something about him was familiar though. He crossed the street with a crowd of other UCF students,  but we might as well have been alone. His gaze was constant, friendly, not sexual or friendly…curious, but not quizzical.

Walking feet became motionless within inches of each other. We let the crowds that carried us flow pass as we convened on the sidewalk…

For several seconds, we looked at each other. I at his brown skin, bright smile and shoulder-length dreaded hair; he at my bespectacled face, shy smile and long, brown hair ruffled by the wind.

I began with, “Have I seen you before? At the event here this Monday?”

“Event?”

“Yeah, the Q’s had an event here…a date raffle to raise money for diabetes awareness, I think.”

“Maybe, but probably not. I wanted to go though. I’m interested in pledging Q…”

“Oh…Well, I’m heading to my car then back here for class. Do you have class around here too?” He doesn’t seem the Q-dog type, I thought.

“As a matter of fact, yeah. I’m a Communications major so I’m going to the Nicholson School over there.” Oh really? For some reason, that pleased me.

“Yeah? That’s my school too! I’ve never seen you in there before. What’s your major?”

“Interpersonal Organization. Minor in Film. You?”

“No wonder! You would’ve been in my earlier courses here…I’m an Ad/PR major. Minor in Sociology. I’ve got to come back here for my last Ad/PR course – Ad Campaigns.”

“So you’re a Campaigns major…I mean, PR/Ad…I mean, Ad/PR…”

In our blush and rush, our words became tangled. Unfortunately, we had to break the trance. Class awaited. As he pulled away, he asked for my cellphone number. Uncharacteristically, I said yes. Within two minutes, we had each others’ contact information and were walking again in separate directions. And I haven’t seen him since…

If I should see him again, I know what I would say…

Can we talk for a minute,
Now that I know your name?
I started to write you a text,

But couldn’t press “send” next…

Can We Talk? – Tevin Campbell

Last night I, I saw you standing
And I started, started pretending
I knew you, you knew me too
And just like a Roni you were too shy
But you weren’t the only one so was I

And I dreamed of you ever since
Now I build up my confidence
Next, next time you come my way
I’ll know just what to say

Can we talk for a minute?
Girl I want to know your name
Can we talk for a minute?
Girl I want to know your name

I started to write you letters
But I wanted to be more clever
I wanted to get down and sweet talk you
Hey, baby but just like a baby I could not talk
And I tried to come closer but could not walk

And I think of it every night
How I just could not get it right
Oh, if we ever come close again
I know what I’ll say then

Can we talk for a minute?
(Can we talk baby can we talk for a minute?)
Girl I want to know your name
(I want to know your name)
Can we talk for a minute?
(Can we talk for a minute baby?)
Girl I want to know your name

Oh, girl one more chance
With you again I will not let it go
Oh, please give me just a one more chance

For love, love, love, love

Can we talk for a minute?
(Yeah yeah baby)
Girl I want to know your name
(I wanna know)
Can we talk for a minute?
(Can we talk for a minute baby?)
Girl I want to know your name
(Oh baby, baby, baby, baby)

Can we talk for a minute?
(Come on talk to me baby)
(Come on and talk to me baby)
Girl I want to know your name
(I wanna know, I wanna know, I wanna know your name)

Can we talk for a minute?
(Can we talk for a minute, come on and talk to me baby?)
Girl I want to know your name
(Come on baby, come on baby)

Can we talk for a minute?
(I said can we talk for a minute, come on and talk to me baby)
(See I wanna know, you better tell me your name baby)
Can we talk for a minute?
(I said come on and talk for a minute)
(I said come on and talk for a minute)
(I wanna know, I wanna know)
(I wanna know your name)
Can we talk for a minute?
(Talk to me for a minute)
(Come on and talk for a minute)
(Come on, come on, come on and talk)

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  1. This was one of the most flattering pieces I’ve ever read. Not only are you beautiful on the surface, but you have a very deep mind and so creative. This reads like a scene of a screenplay…Thank you very much! It’s almost as if I just lived that moment through your lens of lives, Who could have ever imagined you felt that way!

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