Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Song For A Grandson

Becoming a grandfather has had a profound effect on me. Things that used to seem important seem less so. Other things have increased in importance. I have tried to capture some of these feelings in words and melody. I offer up these words to you with an attitude of transparency. Take a look inside this heart of mine. It is full.

Posted below are the lyrics to our latest recorded song. In keeping with the themes of yesterday's blog, it is a song with much personal substance and little spectacle. Other singers might sing it better but no one could relate to it more.

Welcome to the World (Listen to the song while you read the lyrics.)
(Lyrics and Music by Mike Charko and Keith Shields; SOCAN 2013)

Well, I want so much for you, now.
You're the first of the new line;
I hope that you will love life
Become a man in time.

I pray that you will take risks,
For the sake of little ones;
Fight for those who can't fight,
And never walk alone.

Welcome to the world little man.
Master Smith has come along.
You have made a mark on my plans.
Join this dance of life with me.

I hope you take the good bits
Of the things you see in me;
Your life will not be easy
But always will be free.

I pray that you will find friends
To walk with on the way;
Those that you can count on
And brothers in the fray.

Welcome to the world little man.
Master Smith has come along.
You have made a mark on my plans.
Join this dance of life with me.

This world is getting complex;
You will cry some tears.
Many will just give up;
But always persevere.

And pain comes all too easy;
And miracles are few.
Turn your eyes upon them;
And hold them in your view.

Welcome to the world little man.
Master Smith has come along.
You have made a mark on my plans.
Join this dance of life with me.

Cross the Jordan
Will you look for me?
Running endlessly
Our lives will always be

Welcome to the world little man.
Master Smith has come along.
You have made a mark on my plans.
Join this dance of life with me.

I pray that you will sing songs,
And always have a bed
Appreciate a fine wine
And a simple loaf of bread.

Play and laugh and make love
With the woman of your youth;
Stay with her forever,
And love a grandson too.

Welcome to the world little man.
Master Smith has come along.
You have made a mark on my plans.
Join this dance of life with me.

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