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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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