Saturday, June 8, 2013

For Father's Day

One of my most favorite Peter Gabriel songs is "Father, Son." I first heard this song when I saw him perform it live at a concert -- and I bawled. It still makes me cry every time I see him sing it.

Here's a beautiful video of him performing the song, which includes black and white footage of him with his dad as well as his own son. The video was directed by his daughter Anna.

It makes me think of my husband's relationship with my son. And all the time my husband devotes to my son: helping coach his baseball teams, driving him to his activities, going to the field with him, bringing him and his friends to the pool, having a  father-son dinner together every week with a game of basketball with him beforehand.

I feel an outpouring of love for the two of them. But especially for my husband and his devotion. And I hope that, although right now my son has little appreciation for all my husband does for him, one day, perhaps when he has his own son, he will look back and come to appreciate this time he had with his dad.

Father, Son

By Peter Gabriel

Father, son
Locked as one
In this empty room
Spine against spine
Yours against mine
Till the warmth comes through

Remember the breakwaters down by the waves
I first found my courage
Knowing daddy could save
I could hold back the tide
With my dad by my side

Dogs, plows and bows
We move through each pose
Struggling in our separate ways
Mantras and hymns
Unfolding limbs
Looking for release through the pain

And the yogi's eyes are open
Looking up above
He too is dreaming of his daddy's love
With his dad by his side
Got his dad by his side

Can you recall
How you took me to school
We couldn't talk much at all
It's been so many years
And now these tears
Guess I'm still your child

Out on the moors
We take a pause
See how far we have come
You're moving quite slow
How far can we go
Father and son

With my dad by my side
With my dad by my side
Got my dad by my side
With me

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