Father, Daughter, Mother, Son
by Si Kahn & Tom Chapin
2009 Joe Hill Music & The Last Music Co. (ASCAP)

I'm the teacher. I'm the keeper.
I hold the keys.
But I've found that you have learned the most
When I have taught the least.
This is what I'd wish for you
If I could have my say,
How to extend the hand of friendship,
How to get out of your own way.

How to understand that money
Is not the measure of your wealth,
To grant yourself forgiveness
Then share with someone else.
How to trust in your own magic,
How to take an honest stand,
How to believe that when you least expect it
Joy will take your hand.

Seek out the light, soak up the sun.
Father and daughter, mother and son.
Live in the moment, walk don't run.
Father, daughter, mother, son.

Tie yourself to someone
Who will help you sing your song;
Someone you can laugh with,
Who'll talk when things go wrong.
How to keep your door wide open
To great love and great pain,
How to pick yourself up when you fall
And go dancing in the rain.

Seek out the light, soak up the sun.
Father and daughter, mother and son.
Live in the moment, walk don't run.
Father, daughter, mother, son.

How to hear the language of music,
And speak the street talk of love,
When to swim in troubled waters
And when to fly above.
And as you grow and as I grow
I know you'll come to see
These answers that I have for you
Are questions yet for me.

Seek out the light, soak up the sun.
Father and daughter, mother and son
Live in the moment, walk don't run.
Father, daughter, mother, son.

Seek out the light, soak up the sun.
Father and daughter, mother and son.
Live in the moment, walk don't run.
Father, daughter, mother, son.


This song appears on Tom Chapin's Let The Bad Times Roll CD.

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