(Growin' up, growin' up,
All kinds of wonders keep showin' up.
Life is a beautiful marry-go-round
When you start growin' up)

You know, when you are a young fella—say seven or eight,
The sun is always shinning and laughter fills
You days. And the tallest, strongest, kindest,
Wisest man in the world is your daddy.
He can answer any question, untie any knot.
Ha-ha, pick you up with one hand!
Fix your fire truck, or tell you some very,
Very exciting stories.

(Growin' up, growin' up,
Dreams have a habit of blowin' up
Life is a frightening forest of questions
When you're growin' up)

Somehow, you get to be sixteen,
And dad doesn't look as tall as he used to,
Or seem as strong, or sound
As wise. He doesn't know about cars and girls,
Or—well, he doesn't know how to it feels to be sixteen.
I mean, how could he?
He doesn't understand today's world.
And worse than that, sometimes you find
Yourself thinkin' that maybe dad told you some pretty tall tales
In the days when you were just a kid.
And let's face it, when you were just sixteen,
Dad was sort of a "square".

Funny thing though, when you get to be twenty-five or so,
You've leaned a thing or two. And somehow,
Ol' Dad seems to have gotten a little smarter, too,
A little easier to understand. Maybe, he never was a
Knight in shinning armor, but he's still your Dad.
And he always did the best he could for you, but come
To think of it, he started out young, too—full of hopes and confidences,
And maybe some of his dreams
Crashed, a-just like yours. But he came through alright,
And went right on puttin' up a good fight just to
Get you started off on the right foot.

Did you ever stop to think that maybe,
Th—that's what dads are really for? Ha-ha.
And now that you're a father yourself,
Son, you'll have to teach your own little boy about a-growin' up.

(Growin' up, growin' up,
Maybe it's time you were slowin' up...)

Lyrics submitted by Mellow_Harsher

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