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 Posted: Sat Oct 12th, 2019 02:28 am
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Coming up on 10 years since my Dad passed. Just a simple Country song reminding me how much I miss his words of wisdom. As always, suggestions, corrections, and comments are very appreciated.

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Bunny

The Ford

Verse 1
I've loved that old Ford pickup
Since the day that Mama told me
That Daddy told her someday would be mine
I'd sit behind the wheel for hours
Trying hard to reach the pedals
And pretend to drive that F 150 right on down the line

Verse 2
Daddy passed away that summer
And Mama hung the truck keys
On the hook where Daddy used to hang his coat
They stayed there till my sixteenth birthday
When I found them by my breakfast plate
Mama teared up as she told me "above the visor there's a note".


Chorus
It read, Son you know I wish that I could be there
To watch over you as you become a man
Just be careful as you travel down life's highway
Make sure you learn to care and understand
That life's a journey not a destination
You should open up your heart and never hide
Just be yourself and remember that I love you
Always know that I'll be with you by your side.

Verse 3
That old Ford took me everywhere
From my high school days and first job
Off to college and a family of my own so dearly loved
And my son sits behind the wheel
Trying hard to reach the pedals
Pretending to drive as me and Daddy smile down from above

Bridge
Above the visor is a yellowed piece of paper
Often read and stained with tears and folded tight
With those golden words of wisdom from my Daddy
Now in my son's hands and I pray they steer him right

Chorus
Son you know I wish that I could be there
To watch over you as you become a man
Just be careful as you travel down life's highway
Make sure you learn to care and understand
That Life's a journey not a destination
You should open up your heart and never hide
Just be yourself and remember that I love you
Always know that I'll be with you by your side.

© Copyright 2019 John Parrish

Last edited on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 07:37 am by bunnythesinger



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 Posted: Sat Oct 12th, 2019 05:15 am
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What a wonderful tribute to your father, Bunny. And then passing the 150 down to you son. Verses ring out clean and smooth and tie together nicely. Chorus and bridge package it up superbly. I love it!

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 Posted: Sat Oct 12th, 2019 05:31 am
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Thanks Charles... so glad you like it.

Not really about MY dad, but mostly about his brand of homespun wisdom and common sense that by the grace of God I was able to realize before we lost him. Learned more out in his woodshop those last years than I did in 8 years of college and 2 degrees. Just my homage to a wise man who was very special.


Bunny

Last edited on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 07:33 am by bunnythesinger



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 Posted: Sat Oct 12th, 2019 11:28 am
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Nice job.

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bunnythesinger wrote:
Thanks Charles... so glad you like it.

Not really about MY dad, but mostly about his brand of homespun wisdom and common sense that by the grace of God I was able to realize before we lost him. Learned more out in his woodshop those last years than I did in 8 years of college and 2 degrees. Just my homage to a wise man who was very special.


Bunny


Yea Bunny, mine about my dad, His Voice Has A Hold On Me, is about half true. He, like yours, was a treasure. But I have yet to pen a lyric that totally reflects an actual life experience. I’ve come close. Maybe someday.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 14th, 2019 12:04 am
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Same thing about the dogs we lost this summer. I had to write (Wanted) but I couldnt bring myself to write about my loss of them as dogs...hurt too much. Same with my Dad...found out he enlisted in the Navy right after Pearl Harbor, relinquishing an appointment to West Point.. Amazing guy.

Bunny

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Yea, my dad tried to join the navy during WWII but was too old, so he joined the merchant marines.

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