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The Living Years

(View album: Stories)

A Major (Ionian)

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Every generation
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating on your door

I know I've been a prisoner
To what my father held so dear
I know I've been 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 defence

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
But 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 day
And if you don't give up and don't give in
It may just be okay

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 think I heard his echo in my baby's new born tears
Just wish I could have told him
In the living years
I just wish I could have told him
In the living years

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