"The Only Child" as written by and Jackson Browne....
Boy of mine
As your fortune comes to carry you down the line
And you watch as the changes unfold
And you sort among the stories you've been told
If some pieces of the picture are hard to find
And the answers to your questions are hard to hold

Take good care of your mother
When you're making up your mind
Should one thing or another take you from behind
Though the world may make you hard and wild
And determine how your life is styled
When you've come to feel that you're the only child
Take good care of your brother

Let the disappointments pass
Let the laughter fill your glass
Let your illusions last until they shatter
Whatever you might hope to find
Among the thoughts that crowd your mind
There won't be many that ever really matter

But take good care of your mother
And remember to be kind
When the pain of another will serve you to remind
That there are those who feel themselves exiled
On whom the fortune never smiled
And upon whose life the heartache has been piled
They're just looking for another
Lonely child

And when you've found another soul
Who sees into your own
Take good care of each other


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"The Only Child" as written by Jackson Browne

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    General CommentEvery site I have checked has the lyrics in the fourth stanza wrong!

    But take good care of your mother
    And remember to be kind
    When the pain of another will serve you to remind
    That there are those who feel themselves exiled
    On whom the fortune never smiled
    And upon whose life the heartache has been piled
    They're just looking for another
    Lonely child IT SHOULD READ:

    But take good care of your BROTHER
    And remember to be kind
    When the pain of another will serve you to remind
    That there are those who feel themselves exiled
    On whom the fortune never smiled
    And upon whose life the heartache has been piled
    They're just looking for another
    Lonely child LISTEN carefully on YouTube!
    Lennanon November 08, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI personally think this song is about a young dad who did something really bad and has to serve time . Regrets it , hope son will realize the truth among all the rumors
    lisa a.181on April 18, 2015   Link

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