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I fear I'll die from complications
Complications due to things that I've left undone
That all my debts will be left unpaid
Feel like a cripple without a cane
I'm like a jack of all trades
Who's a master of none

Then there's my father
He's always looking on the bright side
Saying things like "Son, life just ain't that hard."
He is the grand optimist
I am the world's poor pessimist
You give him burdensome times
And he will escape unscarred

I guess I take after my mother

But I used to be quite resilient
Gained no strength from counting the beads on a rosary
Now the wound has begun to turn
Another lesson that has gone unlearned
But this is not a cry for pity or for sympathy

I guess I take after my mother



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    UnregisteredMay 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm
    The grand optimist is the overwhelming feelings of stress we face in everyday scenarios, and the father, who is the metaphor for positivity, is our obvious sense of contrast. The pessimist and the optimist, are good balance for the song, because without positivity surrounding us, we may never be able to see anything but our familiar darkness. This is what i believe the song means and relates to.
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    UnregisteredSep 3, 2012 at 4:02 am
    Creo que es una canción que hace referencia a como alguien a quien amamos tanto como un padre (sin necesariamente serlo) puede hacernos ver que las cosas son mejores de lo que pensamos. Y así nos muestra como el amor nos permite sacar a relucir lo mejor de nosotros mismos.
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    UnregisteredJul 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm
    He's writing about his father. He said in an interview how his father was always such an optimistic person and he always said one day he would write a song about him. I believe dallas writes about how he wishes he were like his father in some respects. He seems to believe he has a rather 'pessimistic' outlook on life and wants to be strong like he sees his father to be
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    UnregisteredJun 2, 2012 at 6:38 am
    This song reminds me of a friend that just passed away! ='( it was the song that played on his slide show he killed himself due to heartbreak and not being able to see his daughter is was 16!
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    UnregisteredMay 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm
    The yin and the yang perhaps? I like the words to the song, lots of meaning to the way many of us live our lives!

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