"My Old Man" as written by and Emerson Hart....
Me and my old man
Don't see eye to eye
We take our walks outside
Underneath the birch trees
He said I think it's gonna freeze this year
I said I gotta get away from here
Me and my old man
Me and my old man
Should have been enough to know
That you'd let us all down
Could have been enough to try
Without making a sound
It's all part of the plan my dear
It's all part of the plan my dear
So we walked along the mending walls
Laid beneath the tortured talls
And we sang a song of newfound cheer
Laughed at the passing years
Yeah we talked about things to come
Talked about the battles won
He said I think it's gonna freeze this year
I said I gotta get away from here
Should have been enough to know
That you'd let us all down
Could have been enough to try
Could have been enough to try
Oh I've been such a fool
Spent my life waiting for you
Through these trees I see
With my father's eyes I realize the weight
Should have been enough to know
That you'd let us all down
Could have been enough to try
Without making a sound
It's all part of the plan my dear
It's all part of the plan my dear
It's all part of the plan my dear
Between me and my old man
Gotta get away from here
Gotta get away from here



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"My Old Man" as written by Emerson Hart

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    General Comment"Underneath the birch trees"-always reminded me of a grave.
    Cos my old man is buried underneath an oak.
    Thia007on November 20, 2011   Link
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    General CommentEasily this is my favorite Tonic song and quite possibly my all time favorite song. Realy there are no words to descibe the beauty of this song
    "Me and my old man don't see eye to eye" I see this as a father and son who never had a good relationship, possibly abusive to him and now he wants to make things right with his son. And in the end there is some reconsiliation between the two.
    Chickenbowseron November 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEasily this is my favorite Tonic song and quite possibly my all time favorite song. Realy there are no words to descibe the beauty of this song
    "Me and my old man don't see eye to eye" I see this as a father and son who never had a good relationship, possibly abusive to him and now he wants to make things right with his son. And in the end there is some reconsiliation between the two.
    Chickenbowseron November 25, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningThis is a great Tonic song, deffinately one of my favorites.
    Emerson Hart is a fantastic songwriter, and he always connects his lyrics to his music so well.
    According to interviews, Emersons father was a Schizophrenic and went on and off medication. He had violent outbursts, and once pulled a gun on Emerson and his mother and in 1980 he disapeared and was never seen again. I think Emerson would of only been like 11 or 12 at the time. They do not have a death certificate, though he hasnt been seen since january 1980 and he was presumed murdered.
    There are references to his dad in other of his solo songs (Not with Tonic).
    This is just about loosing his father I think, and the mixed feelings that has come with it.
    He has also said in interviews that when he went to accept an award on stage for 'If You Could Only See' he couldn't stop looking for his fathers face in the crowd, even though he knew he wouldn't be there.
    In his mind the search is still on, and that is why the lyrics say;
    "Could have been enough to try
    Without making a sound
    It's all part of the plan, my dear"
    jandahorseon June 16, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningThis is a great Tonic song, deffinately one of my favorites.
    Emerson Hart is a fantastic songwriter, and he always connects his lyrics to his music so well.
    According to interviews, Emersons father was a Schizophrenic and went on and off medication. He had violent outbursts, and once pulled a gun on Emerson and his mother and in 1980 he disapeared and was never seen again. I think Emerson would of only been like 11 or 12 at the time. They do not have a death certificate, though he hasnt been seen since january 1980 and he was presumed murdered.
    There are references to his dad in other of his solo songs (Not with Tonic).
    This is just about loosing his father I think, and the mixed feelings that has come with it.
    He has also said in interviews that when he went to accept an award on stage for 'If You Could Only See' he couldn't stop looking for his fathers face in the crowd, even though he knew he wouldn't be there.
    In his mind the search is still on, and that is why the lyrics say;
    "Could have been enough to try
    Without making a sound
    It's all part of the plan, my dear"
    jandahorseon June 16, 2013   Link

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