PASSAGE OF TIME (For Alex)

by Cathy Bolton

Genre: Americana/Country

Lyrics

PASSAGE OF TIME
Cathy Bolton BMI

I went to see my Father – he’s 83 now – you’d never know he’s pretty spry
I sat and I listened – the clock was tickin’ – the silence grew as time passed by
Then his voice cracked our silence as he came back from the distance
Of his mind – far away
He said, “Girl I just don’t get it – though I’ve lived life to the fullest
I wonder – what does any of it matter anyway?”

I listened to the creaking – amid the silence – of his rocking chair
Moving to and fro
I made observation – of his possessions – there in the room though they were few
He noticed I was looking at his – best suit hanging – on a door jam
Waiting to be worn
He said, “I leave it hang there – ’cause these days – I swear –
I never know – I’ll get a call – another friend has gone”

He said, “Life goes so fast now makes me think about the past and how there’s
No way to go back now – except in my mind
Yes time goes so fast – before I know the future’s past and I’ll
Gently drift away through – the passage of time

Then he stared back in the distance – the clock was tickin’
Dust danced on sunbeams from the ending of our day
I listened to the creaking – amid the silence – of his rocking chair
I wondered what to say.
Then my voice cracked our silence as he came back from the distance
Of his mind – far away
I said, “I know you just don’t get it – though you lived life to the fullest
I have to tell you, Dad, what a difference you have made

I know Life goes so fast now makes me think about the past and how there’s
No way to go back now – except in my mind
Yes time goes so fast and when the future is the past
I want to know I’ve made a difference in the passage of time

I went to see my father – he’s 83 now – you’d never know he’s pretty spry

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