Neal Morse Album: It's Not Too Late Track: Broken Homes
Broken Homes Lyrics
Little Tommy's waitin' for someone to see That he's left his light on His Mamma cries herself to sleep in front of the old T.V. Since the man of the house is gone
And Tommy sits and dreams about how happy they will be When Daddy comes back home He doesn't know he never will come home And he'll be one more child fathered on the phone
One more child growin' up half alone in a broken home
You see Tommy's Mom got married when she was seventeen To a boy who was dark and tall She was young and she was willin' and she kept the house clean So he married her in the fall
They stuck it out five years before he finally went his way Leavin' Tommy all confused Daddy said he'd never go away And now Tommy's gettin' more angry every day
Tell me who's gonna pay the defaulted loans on our broken homes
With so many of us giving up When it's hard to give we just give up And the kids wind up like prisoners of war Well, I'm not saying I know how But we've got to set it right somehow Before we wind up paying even more
'Cause some of us get more than just alone We get broken in our broken homes
Now Tommy's all grown up or at least he looks that way The very image of his dear old Dad He's got kids of his own - he's gonna raise them the right way Be the father he never had
But somehow at year five his eyes keep lookin' towards the door He's got to get out now Or live and die in a domestic war Soon he's one more father callin' on the phone
One more man more than less alone in a broken home
Now little Tommy's waitin' for someone to see That he's left his light on......
Notes: I wrote this one before I moved to Nashville in 1994. I remember playing it for Cherie (she wasn't my wife yet) on the drive across the country and I think I said "Here's kind of a throw away one...see what you think of it". Since she liked it so much I've kept playing it now and again.