Paul's Heart

Life As A Dad, And A Survivor

I Miss My Dad

I am sitting at my laptop, as I do often every night.  As I do, I am always listening to music.  A “supergroup” called Mike & The Mechanics featuring Paul Karrack and Mike Rutherford of Genesis recorded an awesome song which addressed a son’s unresolved issues before the loss of his father.  I am fortunate that I was able to have closure  with so many things with my father before he passed.  But the song reminded me of what could have happened had my dad and I not taken the opportunity.

Here are the lyrics to “The Living Years” recorded by Mike & The Mechanics.  Dad, I miss you.

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“The Living Years”
Every generation
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating on your door

I know that I’m a prisoner
To all my Father held so dear
I know that I’m a hostage
To all his hopes and fears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Crumpled bits of paper
Filled with imperfect thought
Stilted conversations
I’m afraid that’s all we’ve got

You say you just don’t see it
He says it’s perfect sense
You just can’t get agreement
In this present tense
We all talk a different language
Talking in defense

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late when we die
To admit we don’t see eye to eye

So we open up a quarrel
Between the present and the past
We only sacrifice the future
It’s the bitterness that lasts

So don’t yield to the fortunes
You sometimes see as fate
It may have a new perspective
On a different date
And if you don’t give up, and don’t give in
You may just be O.K.

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late when we die
To admit we don’t see eye to eye

I wasn’t there that morning
When my Father passed away
I didn’t get to tell him
All the things I had to say

I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I’m sure I heard his echo
In my baby’s new born tears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late when we die
To admit we don’t see eye to eye

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