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Many people I know have had difficult childhoods, either raised by single parents or by divorced parents. This song says more than it seems. It revolves around a boy whose father kicked him out of the house while he was still a minor. The boy, not knowing where to go, did what he could to survive on his own. Despite the pleading of the mother, the boy would not come home, and the father would not have let him anyway. After many years, the tension in the family took its toll on the mother and she died. The boy, returning many years later, finally hoping to patch things up, discovered that his mother had died and that he had never been notified or even invited to the funeral. Feeling slighted and disrespected, he confronts his father in a letter.

This is based on a true story. Of course, the letter here is in song form, and certainly does not come close to capturing the essence of the full-length script. In the verses, the boy is reminding his father of the good times when he was a child. The bridge section accounts for the history of the situation, including the "kick out" and the loneliness of it all. The final section, the one scheduled to end the song, is the resolution...or lack thereof.

Enjoy the poetry: Jayson M. Carter


Dear father
You were never there
I know you still love me
But itís just not fair

I was there for you
There to pull you through
When you needed the help

I was there for you
By your side through the times
When there was nobody else


Dear father
You looked down on me
I know you listened
But you ignored my dreams

I was there for you
There to pull you through
When you needed the help

I was there for you
By your side through the times
When there was nobody else


What still hurts the most
Is how you looked at me
Looked with contempt in your eyes
And then told me to leave

I remember like it just happened
I remember just how I felt
Tough love you said it was but you donít
Know how cold and alone I was by myself

I was there for you
There to pull you through
When you needed the help

I was there for you
By your side through the times
When there was nobody else


Dear father
I know you love me but I canít forgive
Dear father
I know you meant well but I was just a kid
Dear father
If mom was still here I know she wouldíve said
Dear husband
You made a mistake and itís time to make ammends

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"If the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem will eventually begin to resemble a nail."


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