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This is how I tell him
Oh, but it's long
One Sunday Morning
Oh, one son is gone.
I can see where it's dawning
Over the sea
My father said what I had become
No one should be.
Outside I look lived in
Like bones in a shrine
How am I forgiven?
Oh I'll give it time.
In silence without warning
Holding my brow
In time he thought I'd kill him
But I didn't know how.
I said it's your God I don't believe in
No, your Bible can't be true
Knocked down by the long life
He cried out, I fear what waits for you.
I can hear those bells
Spoken and gone
I feel if I feel well
Now he knows he was wrong.
I am cold for my father
Frozen underground
Jesus I wouldn't bother
He belongs to me now.
Something sad keeps moving
So I wandered around.
I fell in love with the burden
Holding me down.
Bless my mind, I miss
Being told how to live.
What I learned without knowing
How much more I owe
Than I can give.
This is how I tell him
Oh, but it's wrong
One Sunday morning
One son is gone



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    UnregisteredOct 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm
    Why can't it mean multiple things to individual people? We are always looking for the meaning" in things. Some just exist and we interpret them in our own ways given the individual and unique experiences we have all had. It's a song for the ages. Haunting and beautiful, deep and meaningful. That so many are trying to understand it is a reflect of you. That's art. We see it as a piece of our soul. Beautiful.
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    UnregisteredJan 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm
    This is a forlorn expression of how some legacies are too personal to overlook or accept. It highlights the multifaceted tensions of rejecting the beliefs of another individual; that although others might intend well, it is not ultimately not for another person to decide how one should live or what one should believe. Yet that the son has regrets means that perhaps not everything his father espoused was particularly untrue or wrong and there are still "things in life" that tie them together.
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    UnregisteredDec 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm
    Obviously, the song writer's (tweedy, I presume) has rejected christianity, and perhaps organized religion altogther. This has caused a rift between the young man and his father, who was devout or at least believing. But it's lonely and isolating to be an atheist. And one pines for the simplicity of life that comes to those who firmly believe and accept. I assume the title relates to how dad observantly went to church on sunday and this routine sparked a discussion between son and dad.

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