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In the Spring of my life, she came to me.
She brought sunshine where winter winds had blown.
Then I took her for my wife, in the spring of my life
and she brought me a joy I never known.

And the years, they went by in the spring of my life.
And in summer, she blessed me with a child.
Love continued to grow, in the summer of my life
and in every morning sun I saw her smile.

But in the autumn of my years, I noticed the tears
and I knew our life was in the past.
Though I tried to pretend, I knew it was the end.
For the autumn of my life had come at last.

Now what, what do you say to a child of ten?
How do you tell him his daddy's going away?
Do I tell him that I reached the autumn of my life
and that he'll understand some winter's day?

Now the rose can't be found on a snow covered ground.
and the Sun can not shine through cloudy skys.
But I'm richer you see for the years she gave to me
and I'm content in the autumn of my life.

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    venter10Jun 21, 2010 at 9:35 pm
    When I was a child I heard this song quite a bit on the radio. One day I asked my mother what it meant, him being in the autumn of his life and she said he was dying. I was horrorfied, since he mentioned having to tell his 10 year old he was DYING, and I was 9 or 10 myself and the thought of a parent dying seemed like the worst thing that could aver happen. I would want to cry any time I heard it and thought of that boy my age's father dying now, not when the boy grew up. Decades flew by and I heard it for the first time in ages on a radio. Listening to it in my 50's, it dawned on me maybe it was just his love life being in its autumn! I hope the 52 year old me is right! Then I'd like to get to go back in time and explain it to the 10 year old me everything's kind of alright, nobody's dying just they're love died! Or I'll find out it is a father dying song and it will keep depressing me as it did when I was 10!

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