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Susan Clark: Inspirational Music

As The Child Becomes Father to the Man

(Susan Clark)
April 14, 2013
Susan Clark

I affectionately refer to this song as my "death song."  It was inspired by the passing of several people and pets that happened around the same time.  More specifically, Robert Taylor's transition provided most of the story behind the song.  A hospice nurse, upon hearing this tune told me that "I had nailed it...."  referring to my description of some of  the changes we face at the end of our lives.  

 

 

AS THE CHILD BECOMES FATHER TO THE MAN/Susan Clark

 

ONE SOUL LEAVES TO MAKE ROOM FOR ANOTHER TO ARRIVE

THAT’S HOW LIFE ON EARTH HAS BEEN DESIGNED

IT IS NOT OUR PLACE TO KNOW THE TIME WHEN WE WILL GO

THAT IS SOMETHING WE CANNOT DECIDE

SOME OF US GO WITH GRACE

SOME OF US LEAVE IN FEAR

IT’S WHAT WE BELIEVE THAT HELPS SET THE STAGE FOR THE THINGS WE WILL FEEL

 

CLOSE FRIENDS GATHER BY HIS SIDE TO SAY THEIR LAST GOODBYES

HE DOES HIS BEST TO LAUGH AND NOT TO CRY

STORIES OF THE OLD DAYS TOLD ALOUD SO ALL CAN HEAR

EVERYONE SHARES A MEMORY HELD SO DEAR

IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY

AND YET IT WAS YEARS AWAY

HOW FAST THE TIME FLIES

WHEN WE ARE FACED WITH THE END OF OUR LIVES

 

LISTS OF THINGS TO DO

WORDS YOU NEED TO SAY

SONGS YOU WANT TO SING WITH HIM BEFORE HE SLIPS AWAY

 

ROLES REVERSED, LINES REHEARSED

LOSE THEIR MEANING NOW

AS YOU WATCH HIM WALK INTO A WORLD WHERE MORTALS CANNOT TREAD

 

 

HE LAYS HIS HEAD UPON YOUR CHEST

HIS EYES ARE CLOSED, HIS SOUL FINDS REST

A FINAL SIGH AS HE SAYS GOODBYE

YOU TASTE THE OCEAN IN THE TEARS FROM YOUR EYES

 

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE CLOSES ONCE AGAIN

AS THE CHILD BECOMES FATHER TO THE MAN