"My Father" as written by and Judy Collins....
My father always promised us that we would live in France.
We'd go boating on the Seine
And I would learn to dance.
We lived in Ohio then.
He worked in the mines.
All his dreams, like boats
We knew We'd sail in time.
My sister's all grew up and went away,
To Denver and Cheyenne.
Marrying their grown up dreams, the lilacs and the man.
I stayed behind, the youngest still only danced alone.
That my father's dreams would someday take me home.
I live in Paris now, my children dance and dream.
Hearing the ways of a miner's life,
In words they never say.
I sail my memories of home,
Like boats across the Seine.
And watch my father's eyes
Watching the setting sun
Set in my father's eyes again

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"My Father" as written by Judy Collins

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    General Commentlyrics are wrong. here's the correct ones:

    My father always promised us
    That we would live in France
    We'd go boating on the Seine
    And I would learn to dance

    We lived in Ohio then
    He worked in the mines
    On his dreams like boats
    We knew we would sail in time

    my sisters' on the road and ran away
    To Denver and Cheyenne
    Marrying their grownup dreams
    The lilacs and the man

    I stand behind the youngest still
    Only danced alone
    hoping that my father's dreams
    would someday take me home

    I live in Paris now
    My children dance and dream
    Hearing the ways of a miner's life
    In words they've never seen

    I sail my memories of home
    Like boats across the Seine
    and watch my father's eyes
    watching the setting sun
    set in my fathers eyes' again
    rtilon March 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsorry, first line it's also "promised me" not "promised us"
    rtilon March 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI still to this day have never heard any song that captures this sentiment at all, not to mention so beautifully. A child's love for their parent, a parent's wish that their child's life will be better than their own (a common mantra in the "American Dream"), the anguish felt that by the time the child achieves their shared dream, the parent has already died, did not live to see that day, and yet the child has comfort as an adult, knowing that the parent's dreams and wishes have been realized by the child's very existence and achievements. All of this in one beautiful and heart-wrenching song. Always been my favorite TMC song (not that I know the band's stuff that well). It's really an impressive artistic achievement I think.
    sebarcuson March 12, 2014   Link

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