DEAR CHILD
I WROTE THIS SONG FOR YOU
I HOPE YOU DON'T MIND
THERE'S SOMETHIN'
I HAVE TO TELL YOU
THE MOMENT SEEMS RIGHT
I WAS A FRIEND OF YOUR DAD
THOUGH WE MET ONLY ONCE
"TELL MY SON ABOUT ME", HE SAID
"WHEN I AM GONE"

WELL, DEAR CHILD
HERE I AM
TO TELL YOU ALL I KNOW
ABOUT YOUR DAD
A LONELY MAN
TOO SOON TOO OLD
'TWAS IN ONE OF HIS DARKEST HOURS
THAT HE ASKED FOR A LIGHT
I DID ALL IN MY POWER
TO HELP HIM THROUGH THE NIGHT

DEAR CHILD
WHEREVER YOU ARE
I HOPE THIS SONG GETS THROUGH TO YOU
YOUR DAD
MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THERE
BUT I ASSURE YOU
HE LOVED YOU

I MET YOUR DAD
YEARS AGO
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
EVEN SO
WHEN HE SPOKE
HE SHOWED NO RESTRAINT
HE THREW OUT INSULTS
TO THE LEFT AND TO THE RIGHT
HE LET HIS ANGER RUN FREE
AND WHEN HE SAID
"I'LL KILL MYSELF TONIGHT"
YOU COULD TELL HE WAS FOR REAL

HE BLAMED HIS DAD
FOR NOT BEING THERE
WHEN HE NEEDED HIM SO BAD
HE'D GROWN UP RICH
HE HAD MONEY TO SPARE
BUT WHAT COMFORT IS THAT?
HE USED TO THINK
MONEY BUYS FRIENDS
EVEN WHEN HE FELL ILL
WHAT A BLOW
TO FIND OUT IN THE END
THAT YOUR MONEY BUYS NIL

DEAR CHILD
WHEREVER YOU ARE
I HOPE THIS SONG GETS THROUGH TO YOU
YOUR DAD
MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THERE
BUT I ASSURE YOU
HE LOVED YOU

WELL, SAID I
"YOU SHOULDN'T GO OFF LIKE THIS
LET ME TAKE YOU OUT TONIGHT"
HE SAID, "I'M MANIC
DEPRESSIVE, THAT IS
YOU KNOW YOU'RE IN FOR QUITE A RIDE"
WARNING TAKEN
BUT GREATLY MISJUDGED
WE WENT OUT FOR A MEAL
HIS PLATE WENT BACK
ALMOST UNTOUCHED
HE WAS ALREADY TOO WEAK

WHEN WE CAME HOME
AND HE LOCKED THE DOOR
I DIDN'T FEEL TOO GOOD
HE WENT MAD
SPILT COFFEE ON THE FLOOR AND SAID
"I SHOULD KILL YOU, TOO"
THEN HE CRIED
HE SPOKE OF HIS PAINS
AND OF THE SURGERY AHEAD
THEY HAD BEEN CUTTING AGAIN AND AGAIN
YET, THE CHANCES REMAINED BAD

DEAR CHILD
WHEREVER YOU ARE
I HOPE THIS SONG GETS THROUGH TO YOU
YOUR DAD
MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THERE
BUT I ASSURE YOU
HE LOVED YOU

DEAR CHILD
I WAS THERE
WHEN YOU CALLED THAT NIGHT
YOUR DAD WAS ILL
AND HE WAS SCARED
AFRAID TO DIE
ALL YOU WANTED
WAS TO COME AND SEE YOUR DAD
BUT HE JUST SAID, "NO"
YET, PLEASE UNDERSTAND
THINGS WERE BAD
HE WAS ABOUT TO LET GO

WELL, DEAR CHILD
I WISH YOU COULD HAVE SEEN
HOW MUCH HE REALLY CARED FOR YOU
HE HAD LIVED
THROUGH ALL THE WRONG DREAMS
AND HE FEARED THEY'd HAUNT YOU, TOO
YOU KNOW WHAT
I'M PROUD OF MY FRIEND
HE HUNG IN THERE FOR YOU
ALL HE WISHED FOR
IN THE END
WAS TO SEE YOU THROUGH

DEAR CHILD
WHEREVER YOU ARE
I HOPE THIS SONG GETS THROUGH TO YOU
YOUR DAD
MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THERE
BUT I ASSURE YOU
HE LOVES YOU

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