Neal Morse Album: It's Not Too Late Track: I Am Your Father
I Am Your Father Lyrics
Sensitive boy, military father Both of them needing something very badly from the other They had no choice; they could not reach eachother Now the boy's an angry man; he holds it in no longer
(He says) I could never win anything 'cause I already felt beaten And you have always hated me so I guess now we're even So look at me now - I'm not afraid to fight you man to man And the old man says
I am your father I am not another Of your schoolboy classmates I am your father And you will not forget me I will stay part of you forever
Listen to my side Looking back I wonder Why I couldn't feel for you the way I felt about your brothers And there were times I'm sure you still remember When I tried to talk to you and you left me an outsider
I avoid painful things so you were avoided And I never really hated you, just sometimes dissappointed So look at me now Am I the same as the man you love to hate? No matter what....
I am your father I am your father And you can mess up my face - go ahead But I'll still be your father And you cannot forget me I will stay part of you forever
I could never look at you and say I love you I was taught that real men never broke down I feel like a victim I know you do too Like father like son I'm so sorry for the things I've done
I am your father I am your father Come what may I'll be part of you forever
Notes: This is a REALLY old one. I wrote this in 1981 about a friend's relationship with his father. A producer once told me that he loved it but thought I shouldn't ever release it because it's too sad. I said "Oh, I have much sadder songs than that!". This is my old band from the 80's playin' on this one. This is for them toughing it out with me playing midnight on Mondays and loading a piano into my old truck at 2:00 a.m. These things stay with you.