"The Living Years" as written by and Michael/robertson Rutherford....
Every generation
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating at your door

I know that I'm a prisoner
To all my father held so dear
I know that I'm a hostage
To all his hopes and fears
I just wish I could have told him
In the living years

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

Crumpled bits of paper
Filled with imperfect thought
Stilted conversations
I'm afraid that's all we've got

You say, "You just don't see it"
He says, "It's perfect sense"
You just can't get agreement
In this present tense
We all talk a different language
Talking in defense

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

I wasn't there that morning
When my father passed away
I didn't get to tell him
All the things I had to say

I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I'm sure I heard his echo
In my baby's new born tears
And I just wish I could have told him
In the living years

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

Say it loud, say it clear


Lyrics submitted by TheIntimindator27

"The Living Years" as written by Mike Rutherford (gb) B.a. Robertson

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, IMAGEM MUSIC INC

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    General CommentThis is probably the greatest Straight No Chaser song that can really touch yourself emotionally on the inside. They sang the song beautifully, and this song is inspiring.
    TheIntimindator27on June 23, 2010   Link

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