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On a plane to the west coast
Laptop on my tray
Papers spread across my seat
A big deadline to make

An older man next to me said,
"Sorry to intrude
"Thirty years ago, my busy friend
"I was you

"I made a ton of money
"And I climbed up the ladder
"Yeah, I was Superman
"Now, what does it matter

"I missed the first steps my daughter took
"The time my son played Captain Hook
"In Peter Pan, I was in New York
"Said, 'Sorry, son, Dad has to work'
"I missed the father-daughter dance
"The first home run, no second chance
"To be there when he crossed the plate
"The moment's gone, now it's too late
"Fame and fortune come with a heavy price
"Son, don't miss your life"

Funny you should say that, I was
Sittin' at the gate
My daughter called, she made straight As
And they're off to celebrate

Scrollin' through the pictures of my little family
My daughter with her mom and friends
Not a single one with me
They know I love 'em, I know they know I care
The truth is half the time, I'm not even there

I missed our fourth and fifth anniversary
Our girl was early by a week
Her sister had to hold her hand
I was in L.A, she said, "I understand"
I missed her first day of school
Man, what kind of crazy fool
Lets such a precious moment pass
We all know time goes way too fast
Hold on tight 'cause it don't happen twice
Don't miss your life

When I get off this plane
I'll buy a turnaround ticket
Saturday's her eighth birthday
And I'm not gonna miss it

There'll be balloons and birthday cake
And I'll clean up the mess they make
My mom and dad are drivin' in
I haven't seen them in God knows when
My wife will proudly say to me,
"I thought you were supposed to be
"In Portland for a few more days"
I'll take her in my arms and say,
"Heard some words that hit me hard last night
"A man said, 'Don't miss your life'"



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    UnregisteredJul 8, 2012 at 2:56 am
    This song is amazing it really hits home. My dad was this way and still is. He is a workaholic, and works hard to provide for his family but never will put that on hold for anything. He never celebrates an anniversary, birthday, or anything else. We are all grown up, children of our own and he is slowly starting to settle down, but he is still working his life away rather than taking the time to spend with him mom and do things together! Great song phil:)
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    UnregisteredJul 4, 2012 at 5:47 am
    This song means so much to me cause my cousin was never there for his daughter's big momenta and he passed away a couple years ago and she was two but now she is eight its crazy how fast life goes by
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    UnregisteredMar 14, 2012 at 3:51 am
    This song reminds me of my husband. He is always working and has missed alot. He missed our sons first steps and many anniversaries and special moments, and he suprised our daughter and i at her 8th birthday. He made it just in time for presents! I absolutely love this song!

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