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I woke up cryin' late at night when I was very young
I had dreamed my father had passed away and gone
My world revolved around him, I couldn't lie there anymore
So I made my way down the mirrored hall and tapped upon his door.

And I said, "Daddy, I'm so afraid!
How will I go on with you gone that way?
Don't wanna cry anymore so may I stay with you?"
He said, "That's my job, that's what I do
Everything I do is because of you, to keep you safe with me
That's my job, you see."

Later we barely got along, this teenage boy and he
Most of the fights it seems were over different dreams we each held for me
He wanted knowledge and learning, I wanted to fly out west
Said, "I could make it out there, if I just had the fare
I got half, will you loan me the rest?"

And I said, "Daddy, I'm so afraid
There's no guarentee in the plans I've made
And if I should fail who will pay my way back home?"
And he said, "That's my job, that's what I do
Ev'rything I do is because of you to keep you safe with me
That's my job, you see."

Every person carves his spot and fills the hole with life
And I pray someday I might light as bright as he.

Woke up early one bright fall day to read the tragic news
After all my travels, I settled down within a mile or two
I make my livin' with words and rhymes and all the tragedy
Should go into my head and out instead as bits of poetry.

But I say, "Daddy I'm so afraid
How will I go on with you gone this way
How can I come up with a song to say, "I love you."
"That's my job, that's what I do
Ev'rything I do is because of you to keep you safe with me
That's my job, you see."

"Ev'rything I do is because of you to keep you safe with me..."

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    UnregisteredFeb 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm
    This is a dangerous song depending on the relationship one has/had with their father. It's been around for almost 30 years. I never can make it throughout the whole song with out tearing up a little, or Just flat-out crying. I do a cover of the song every now and then when the occasion calls for it, but people just can't request it on any given night.
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    UnregisteredAug 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm
    My dad passed in 1983 and i miss him greatly !!
    He was my hero, mentor and most of all.. My best friend.
    Everyday i think of him. I just wish my son and grandsons would
    Have known him. An awesome man !!! My dad, i love him and always will.
    Thanks pop for make'n me just like you!!!

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