"The Things We've Handed Down" as written by and Marc Cohn....
Don't know much about you
Don't know who you are
We've been doing fine without you
But, we could only go so far
Don't know why you chose us
Were you watching from above
Is there someone there that knows us
Said we'd give you all our love

Will you laugh just like your mother
Will you sigh like your old man
Will some things skip a generation
Like I've heard they often can
Are you a poet or a dancer
A devil or a clown
Or a strange new combination of
The things we've handed down

I wonder who you'll look like
Will your hair fall down and curl
Will you be a mama's boy
Or daddy's little girl
Will you be a sad reminder
Of what's been lost along the way
Maybe you can help me find her
In the things you do and say

And these things that we have given you
They are not so easily found
But you can thank us later
For the things we've handed down

You may not always be so grateful
For the way that you were made
Some feature of your father's
That you'd gladly sell or trade
And one day you may look at us
And say that you were cursed
But over time that line has been
Extremely well rehearsed
By our fathers, and their fathers
In some old and distant town
From places no one here remembers
Come the things we've handed down

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"The Things We've Handed Down" as written by Marc Cohn

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    General Commentthis song is all about wat ur parents give u before ur born, things like ur hair, ur eyes etc. all the lyrics in this song point to this direction evry line has a connection to whats mentioned above
    u2_loveron July 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNext time you're going to post something u2 lover, take 5 seconds out of your day to write actual words. not gibberish
    Tmo2199on September 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is was written when his wife was pregnant. his wife had a miscarriage with their first child, so i'm not sure if the lines "Will you be a sad reminder
    Of what's been lost along the way
    Maybe you can help me find her
    In the things you do and say " reference that or the loss of marc's own mother.
    oofuson May 23, 2010   Link

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