My Father's Son

from by Denny Smith

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MY FATHER'S SON

MY OLD MAN HUNG A MISERABLE SKY
KEPT US UNDERNEATH HIS THUMB WITH THAT LOOK IN HIS EYE
EVERY NOW & THEN HE'D LET THE SUN SHINE THROUGH
SO I HELD OUT HOPE 'TIL I HAD TOO MUCH TO LOSE

AT 22 I HAD A SON OF MY OWN
SWORE I'D SHOW HIM BETTER THAN THE LIFE I'D KNOWN
BUT IF THERE'S ONE THING I'VE LEARNED IS TRUE
SOMETIMES YOUR PAST, IT CATCHES UP WITH YOU

AND IT AIN'T EASY, IT AIN'T EASY
TO LET IT GO
IT AIN'T EASY, IT AIN'T EASY
TO LET IT GO

I'D CLOSED THE DOOR, AND FOUND MY ROAD
TORN OUT THOSE PAGES, YEARS AGO
WHEN THE CALL CAME IN THE SKIES WERE BLUE
I WASN'T SURE WHAT I SHOULD DO

SHOULD I LAUGH OR SHOULD I WEEP
A SINGLE TEAR ROLLED DOWN MY CHEEK
I OWED HIM THAT MUCH THEN I GUESS
'CAUSE I'M STILL UNTANGLING HIS MESS

TEN YEARS NOW HE'S BEEN GONE
AND I STILL FEEL THIS WEIGHT
TEN TONS OF QUESTIONS
ALL I NEVER GOT TO SAY

SOMETIMES HE FINDS ME IN MY DREAMS
HE SMILES AND TRIES TO TELL ME THINGS
I CAN NEVER QUITE MAKE OUT THE WORDS
BUT I CAN FEEL HIS HEARTBEAT LIKE I NEVER HEARD

AND ALL MY ANGER COMES TO PASS
THINKIN' MAYBE HE'S FOUND PEACE AT LAST
I'M STILL HERE, THE SKY'S STILL BLUE
AND I SAY "I'M ALRIGHT, JUST MISSING YOU."

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from An Overnight Low, released October 21, 2016

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