19
Jun

Dear Daddy, Here's what I should have said to you, even though it's much too late



 

For several years in a row I have posted a Father’s Day thread on FARK.com with amazing results, asking simply, “What would you say to your Dad today if you could?”

Reading through the posts, it astounds me how many people took the time to drop in and say their piece, some finding peace.  One after the other, stories came in about how refreshing it was to get clear of a few things.

click through for the lyrics and links to the threads

By saying, online, things they had been holding in for years, people came out of those threads changed. Thousands of views later and I have a stack of email and the comments in those threads to help me understand that this is a good idea. So I’m doing it again. Not only am I posting the thread and asking the question but at some point today I’ll find a spot and take a moment and tell my Dad that I forgive him and I love him.

The Fark Threads

2008 Happy Father’s Day. What would you say to your father today if you could? (w/voting)

2009 “Dear Daddy, Here’s what I should have said to you.” DIT

2010 “Dear Daddy” … what would you say to your Dad today?

Edit: Now Live 2011

2011 Dear Daddy, It’s what I should have said but didn’t. What would you say to your Dad today if you could?

The Lyrics

Dear Daddy
words and music by Dan Grigor

Here’s what I should have said to you
Even though it’s much too late
It’s what I should have said but didn’t
I was blinded by false hate
Everybody missed you, when you ran away
And I understand now, why you couldn’t stay
It’s all right, it’s all right, it’s all right

Then when I saw you, after all those years
You said my hair’s too long, and you kissed my ears
I tried to call you Daddy, but it had been too long
The words sound so strange now, that you’re forever gone
It’s all right, it’s all right, it’s all right

And now it’s my turn, I’m gonna be a Dad
That would have made you Grandpa,
and I wonder what you would have said
Would you’ve been happy or would you’ve been sad
Would it have brought back bad memories you had
You tried to pacify us with all your dreams
You had some good ones, some of the best I’ve seen
It’s all right, it’s all right, it’s all right

So rest easy Daddy, you’ve been through a lot
Now all that’s left are the memories we’ve got
It’s all right, it’s all right, it’s all right

 

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