Leader of The Band

FathersonAn only child alone and wild, a cabinet maker’s son
His hands were meant for different work
And his heart was known to none
He left his home and went his lone and solitary way
And he gave to me a gift I know I never can repay

A quiet man of music denied a simpler fate
He tried to be a soldier once, but his music wouldn’t wait
He earned his love through discipline: a thundering, velvet hand
His gentle means of sculpting souls took me years to understand

     The leader of the band is tired and his eyes are growing old
     But his blood runs through my instrument and his song is in my soul
     My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man
     I’m just a living legacy to the Leader of The Band

My brothers’ lives were different for they heard another call
One went to Chicago and the other to St. Paul
And I’m in Colorado when I’m not in some hotel
Living out this life I’ve chose and come to know so well

I thank you for the music and your stories of the road
I thank you for the freedom when it came my time to go
I thank you for the kindness and the times when you got tough
And, papa, I don’t think I said ’I love you’ near enough

     The leader of the band is tired and his eyes are growing old
     But his blood runs through my instrument and his song is in my soul
     My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man
     I’m just a living legacy to the Leader of The Band

I am the living legacy to the Leader of The Band

~Dan Fogelberg~

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For My Dearest

Me_ngEvery morning I wake up
I thank God for His goodness
But most of all…
For bringing you into my life

   Thousand words can’t describe
   Million pictures can’t express
   The wonders that He brings
   Now that you are here with me

May we continue the journey
With God as our Guide
To take on life’s challenges
Side by side, forever

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