"Great Provider" as written by and Steven/robertson Page....
You and I have been through this before,
I owe you my whole life, nothing more.
I never said that I liked you the most,
You're my father, I'm your son, who's the Holy Ghost?

Where does the time go when it's not around here?

Here we stand at the edge of the drive,
I'm just waiting for my ride to arrive.
I wait to see if you've any last words.
We pulled away, I called your name, I don't think you heard.

Where does the time go when it's not around here?
I don't know
Where does the time go when it's not around here?

You and I never shared all that much,
When I leave I'll be all right, I'll keep in touch.
As your road narrows, so mine grows wider,
As I leave I turn and wave to the Great Provider.

Where does the time go when it's not around here?
I don't know
Where does the time go when it's not around here?


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"Great Provider" as written by Jim Creeggan Ed Robertson

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    General CommentIt's how about the guy in the song has a distand relationship with his father, and theres not enough time in his life to fix that, and its too hard to do.
    shoeboxoflieson October 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think I liked this song better when I didn't know that the line, "Who's the Holy Ghost" was a question - I thought it was "I'm your son, who's the Holy Ghost." Like, he's a ghost to his father, he's practically not even there. But the song's still beautiful, and woefully underappreciated.

    I think the song is about the son going off to college. Naturally, as a teenager, he probably distanced himself from his parents (including his dad) as much as possible, and now that he's beginning to mature enough to think about what he may have been missing, it's time to move away and become an adult.
    Archaia Sophiaon September 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI like how they use the God references to incorporate a parting family.
    grnlanternkidon March 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song describes my own (non existent) relationship with my father very well. When we did try and speak to each other it was pained and pointless. The lines "You and I never shared all that much; When I leave I'll be all right, I'll keep in touch" is all about just going through the motions and the feigned interest in each other as you leave for the last time, knowing you don't need to be in contact any more.

    bipsteron December 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI feel that this is similar to the Prophets when they ask God "Why"? David, Job, and Moses had this feel when their roads seem to go wide. Please Note...when Steve Page was in the band, he was a Jew...and he probably had doubts on his faith...like many Judeo-Christians do.
    Warren67on November 27, 2011   Link

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