Papa nearly died, he nearly died, but he stayed awake
When three bombs went off inside his rib cage
I want to grow old like you, and not put on any weight
I want you to mend old man, for the love of lakes
Our eyes they dripped like taps, like leaky bathroom taps, our eyes dripped for your sake
Granny, she’s got your back, oh granny she’s got your back if you make it to those white pearly gates
In the emergency ward we all cried, back home in the lounge room we all sighed
The hospital called, after the operation you were safe and awake
Drips all through your arms, grandson, granddaughter holding your palms, those drips were streams into your big red lake
Papa, I haven’t seen you yet
I haven’t crossed the border and I haven’t seen you yet
But when I do, Harry James will play the trumpet, we’ll drink coffee and stay up late
Papa, I’m glad you didn’t die, I’m sure as glad you didn’t die
It’s not time for me to throw your ashes in the waves
I wanna grow old like you
I wanna be bold like you
I’ll sand away the splinters and you’ll be the toughest old wooden rake
I want you to mend old man, for the love of lakes…

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