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Every generation
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating on your door

I know that I'm a prisoner
To all my father held so dear
I know that I'm a hostage
To all his hopes and fears
I just wish I could have told him
In the living years

Crumpled bits of paper
Filled with imperfect thought
Stilted conversations
I'm afraid that's all we've got

You say you just don't see it
He says it's perfect sense
You just can't get agreement
In this present tense
We all talk a different language
Talking in defence

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

So we open up a quarrel
Between the present and the past
We only sacrifice the future
It's the bitterness that lasts

So don't yield to the fortunes
You sometimes see as fate
It may have a new perspective
On a different day
And if you don't give up,
And don't give in
You may just be OK

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

I wasn't there that morning
When my father passed away
I didn't get to tell him
All the things I had to say.
I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I'm sure I heard his echo
In my baby's new born tears
I just wish I could have told him
In the living years

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye



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    Michael MertzNov 5, 2013 at 9:09 am
    I lost my father in 2004 i heard this song before but it was another song. But when my father died this song came to mean so much more to me. We were estranged for years and only had closed the divide between us in the last year of his life. I never got to say i love you one last time, so every time i hear this song it reminds me me of my father.
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    UnregisteredAug 14, 2012 at 7:10 am
    I lost my parents when i was young, and then my godparents, an aunt and uncle, became my parents. My relationship with my uncle, a military officer who died almost 10 years ago ... This song reminds me of our relationship to a t. I think what this song says is that we have to conquer the chaos left behind from our relationships in the past before we can truly be whole in the present, and move into a better future, for ourselves as well as our children, and everyone else around us. Therefore, i pray that my past may now remain in the past, and i also pray that all of us, both the living and the dead, can then rest or be in peace. Xo
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    UnregisteredJun 19, 2012 at 7:33 pm
    I'm 41 and have tried to mend bridges between my parents and myself. It's not ment to be. We talk but no one is saying anything... When i hear this song it cuts me to the core.
    From michael
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    UnregisteredMay 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm
    When my dad died i wish i could have had that real father to son relationship... He was never a father to me

    I just wish i could have told him how i felt about the way he brought me up, i tried to ask why, i sent a letter but no repy

    This song along with no son of mine reminds me of him. Guess thats just the way it is
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    UnregisteredMay 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm
    Den west say's love, respect, and talk, to your parents while they are alive now. Mom, i have that regret, i love you and miss you!

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