The whole ride home I thought about your life
How you were just nineteen when you took a wife
Thought of a young man, landing in France
Braver then me, the first to show up at the dance

thought what you told me that night in Berlin
How you may lose, but there’s no way you’ll win
About leaving your country when you were just ten
You came to Wisconsin and they let you in

My heart feels like a Pedal Steel
My heart knows what is real

Of all of the books that you told me to read
Here’s my little secret if you’d stay and won’t leave
You left me your shirts, a belt buckle of pearl
A legacy for me and my girl

In this whole crazy life, so big and so small
There’s so much to enjoy, but you can’t do it all
So you start everyday with a choice to decide
You think of the others who’ve lived and who’ve died
And you pray you’ll take as much away
You’ll have lived it as well at the end of the day

Of all of the things I remember
So many times to be missed
In the end with a wink and a wave
The old man just blew me a kiss
Maybe if he’d had a son,
things might have been different somehow
Maybe I wouldn’t have known you,
and I wouldn’t feel so fucked up now
Maybe if I do my best, if I do everything I can do
I’ll consider my life a success if I’m anything like you



Lyrics submitted by MeghanDH

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    General CommentWho is he talking too? Obviously a male, possibly his grandfather? But it says the man did not have a son, so that would be impossible. The biggest question, what is a "Pedal Steel"?
    gbear47on May 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commenta pedal steel is a type of guitar ... LoL not that that necessarily helps the meaning of the song ...
    everythinginbetwnon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentand also i'm pretty sure that the man in the song is the father of the woman that the singer is with
    "maybe if he'd had a son
    things might have been different somehow
    maybe i wouldn't have known 'you' (( the chick he's seeing ))
    and i wouldn't feel so fucked up now"
    like he's with this chick and things are just crazy with him and his girl and he's looking up to her dad for advice because he's like a father figure to him

    ?? i don't know that's just my take on it ... if that makes any sense
    everythinginbetwnon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentand also i'm pretty sure that the man in the song is the father of the woman that the singer is with
    "maybe if he'd had a son
    things might have been different somehow
    maybe i wouldn't have known 'you' (( the chick he's seeing ))
    and i wouldn't feel so fucked up now"
    like he's with this chick and things are just crazy with him and his girl and he's looking up to her dad for advice because he's like a father figure to him

    ?? i don't know that's just my take on it ... if that makes any sense
    everythinginbetwnon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Stephen's grandfather.
    sweetabsenceon July 13, 2007   Link

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