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Cat Stevens – Father And Son lyrics

Father
It's not time to make a change,
Just relax, take it easy.
You're still young, that's your fault,
There's so much you have to know.
Find a girl, settle down,
If you want you can marry.
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy.

I was once like you are now, and I know that it's not easy,
To be calm when you've found something going on.
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you've got.
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not.

Son
How can I try to explain, when I do he turns away again.
It's always been the same, same old story.
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen.
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go.

Father
It's not time to make a change,
Just sit down, take it slowly.
You're still young, that's your fault,
There's so much you have to go through.
Find a girl, settle down,
If you want you can marry.
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy.
(Son-- Away Away Away, I know I have to
Make this decision alone - no)
Son
All the times that I cried, keeping all the things I knew inside,
It's hard, but it's harder to ignore it.
If they were right, I'd agree, but it's them They know not me.
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go.
(Father-- Stay Stay Stay, Why must you go and
Make this decision alone?)



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    stephysteph1992
    I truly believe that this song is about the coming of age of adolescents. It is about a young man who is trying to find himself, and his father is there to help and explain life to him, but the son is being difficult. Now the boy wants to break free of it all, and has to go away and create his own life now, for he is old enough to do so. I think it also has to do with parents letting go, because at some point or another they have to.
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    nedb7
    Having been on both sides of this, I think it's about the struggles of dads and sons to communicate. The son feels like the dad is trying to tell him what to do, and the dad feels like he won't listen. It's like the old saying, "When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years." Dads do have a lot of wisdom, but sometimes their methods of communicating come off as preaching. I also think dads want to make their sons lives easier, so they don't make the same mistakes they did, but some times the son just has to experience their own mistakes. The reference of I have to go, I believe, means I have to let you experience it on your own. I'm here, I can help, but you need to go it alone for awhile. Great song and typical great lyrics from Cat.
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