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The Living Years Mike & The Mechanics Lyrics

The Living Years Mike & The Mechanics Lyrics

 

Every generation

Blames the one before

And all of their frustrations

Come beating on your door

 

I know that I'm a prisoner

To all my Father held so dear

I know that I'm a hostage

To all his hopes and fears

I just wish I could have told him in the living years

 

Crumpled bits of paper

Filled with imperfect thought

Stilted conversations

I'm afraid that's all we've got

 

You say you just don't see it

He says it's perfect sense

You just can't get agreement

In this present tense

We all talk a different language

Talking in defense

 

Say it loud, say it clear

You can listen as well as you hear

It's too late when we die

To admit we don't see eye to eye

 

So we open up a quarrel

Between the present and the past

We only sacrifice the future

It's the bitterness that lasts

 

So don't yield to the fortunes

You sometimes see as fate

It may have a new perspective

On a different date

And if you don't give up, and don't give in

You may just be O.K.

 

Say it loud, say it clear

You can listen as well as you hear

It's too late when we die

To admit we don't see eye to eye

 

I wasn't there that morning

When my Father passed away

I didn't get to tell him

All the things I had to say

 

I think I caught his spirit

Later that same year

I'm sure I heard his echo

In my baby's new born tears

I just wish I could have told him in the living years

 

Say it loud, say it clear

You can listen as well as you hear

It's too late when we die

To admit we don't see eye to eye