Mike & The Mechanics - The Living Years
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The Living Years Lyrics

Every generation
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating on your door

I know that I'm a prisoner
To all my Father held so dear
I know that I'm a hostage
To all his hopes and fears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Crumpled bits of paper
Filled with imperfect thoughts
Stilted conversations
I'm afraid that's all we've got

You say you just don't see it
He says it's perfect sense
You just can't get agreement
In this present tense
We all talk a different language
Talkin' in defense

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

So we open up a quarrel
Between the present and the past
We only sacrifice the future
It's the bitterness that lasts

So Don't yield to the fortunes
You sometimes see as fate
It may have a new perspective
On a different date
And if you don't give up, and don't give in
You may just be O.K.

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

I wasn't there that morning
When my Father passed away
I didn't get to tell him
All the things I had to say

I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I'm sure I heard his echo
In my baby's new born tears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

Say it loud, say it clear
Say it loud
Don't give up
Don't give in

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Meaning to "The Living Years" (3 meanings)
Martin Hernandez 12/01/12,03:36
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I almost lost my dad around 4 years ago to cancer. Luckily, with surgery and chemo, he came out of it ok and has now been cancer free about 3 years. This song reminds me to always tell your loved ones what needs to be said before you no longer have the opportun ity to.
LostFather 01/12/12,16:42
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I also remember this song in early 1990. I immediately changed the way I said simple good-byes to my Dad who died 4 years later. Being only 24 it was years til I had a son. Thank you for the memories,
DadOfThree 08/14/10,22:44
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This song puts life in perspective. Irony- I was not able to be there when he died- my wife was less than a week from delivery. My daughter was born two days after his funeral. But life is still good.
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