If you leap awake
In the mirror of a bad dream
And for a fraction of a second
You can't remember where you are
Just open your window
And follow your memory upstream
To the meadow in the mountain
Where we counted every falling star

I believe the light that shines on you
Will shine on you forever (forever)
And though I can't guarantee
There's nothing scary hiding under your bed
I'm gonna stand guard
Like a postcard of a Golden Retriever
And never leave 'til I leave you
With a sweet dream in your head

I'm gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you'll always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father loved his daughter
More than I love you

Trust your intuition
It's just like goin' fishin'
You cast your line and hope you get a bite
But you don't need to waste your time
Worryin' about the market place
Try to help the human race
Struggling to survive its harshest night

I'm gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you'll always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father loved his daughter
More than I love you

I'm gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you'll always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father loved his daughter
More than I love you (I love you)


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    Well, I love my Heavenly Father so much. I now have a Daddy for the first time! That is what this song means to me. Everything he has been telling me is here.

    monkfluenceon August 16, 2006   Link
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    I was 37 when my wife & I had our first daughter. Four years later, we had two more. I am so totally in love with them, it amazes, enthralls, and hurts. We may have many, many decades to share our lives together; and then we may not. The latter suggestion is certainly helped by the fact that my own parents have died in the past few years. Makes you think about everything your parents have meant to you, what they have been able to give you along for the ride.

    I am sure that Paul, who was 54 when his daughter Lulu was born, has been thinking of his own mortality as a father. Is it responsible to have children at 54? (His son Gabriel was born when Paul was 57.) What do we owe our children, when it comes to sheer lifetime? Can we just die on them when they are 16? Is it o.k. to accept the risk of never seeing them getting married, never see the grandchildren they bear you, never be able to help them cope with the problems of grown-ups?

    Of course Paul has been considering these questions all along. Every 'older' parent would.

    So that is the meaning I attribute to this song. It is Paul's answer to his daughter to the questions she will inevitably ask when Paul is no longer around. When she gets scared, and is looking for her father for solace. If she hasn't got a father, she will have a 'memory', and he will be like a 'postcard of a Golden Retriever' to her. He will still be inside her, like the light that once shone on her.

    Every parent fears the dangers and disappointments that their children will inevitable suffer from - such are the facts of life. There's no guarantee to happiness all around, no matter what age you are as a parent or as a child. Every parent fears their kids being bullied in school, being chosen last with football, being let down in love, being cheated by a friend. As a 'younger' parent, you promise yourself that you will be around when your kids will need you. As an 'older' parent, you fear that you won't be around to help out. And you hope that you will have ample opportunity to love your child and weapon it with a self-conscious upbringing and many a good memory to cherish.

    So Paul Simon loves his daughters more than I do? Such arrogance! Until you realize that every father loves his daughters more than all the rest. We should. They will need it, the trust, the uninhibited, unconditional love that gives them wings in life. At least, that's what I try to provide my kids & wife with. More important to me than anything else. Certainly more important than money ('the market place').

    I am not a religious guy. We come, we go - it's o.k. We're made from dust, and dust we shall be. That's reassuring. What connects us to this world are our parents and our children. Past, present, future; the long string that makes up 'the human race'. We'll all be o.k. if we succeed in being good parents to our kids. And vice versa.

    Let's do our best to help our kids to become who they are. They will reflect us, as will their kids reflect them - and us. A light that will shine forever, joined by all the many more lights ahead.

    mcouzijnon January 11, 2011   Link
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    this song is really sweet. i love it.

    yerukion January 21, 2006   Link
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    really nice

    Sirius1on June 08, 2006   Link
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    it just is the song of the love of a father to a daughter and how it can't be matched by any, obviously. When I saw Paul Simon in concert this song was fantastic, and a little boy even came out to sing the child's part of the song.

    phishphanaticon July 20, 2006   Link
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    This song was written so that a child can understand it. I can just see him singing this song to his own daughter.

    Simonfanon August 03, 2006   Link
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    Father daugher bond. There is nothing that compares to it. I know that no matter how old I get, I'll always be my daddy's little girl. I still call him daddy even though I'm 15. I think I do that because in some ways I still feel like daddy's little girl.

    Prowler Kidon August 17, 2006   Link
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    As a father of two daughters, words cannot express how it feels to listen to this song. Makes me choke up every time I listen to it. I especially love the line about standing guard like a postcard of a Golden Retriever. I love being their dad!

    NorthWriteron November 27, 2006   Link
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    tear

    angel4peeaceon January 28, 2007   Link
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    tear

    angel4peeaceon January 28, 2007   Link

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