Learn from Your Children

Doo-wah. ‘Love that radio.

I know I’m not the only one: we sing along. Whatever Your Favorite decade or genre, admit it: you sing it, Baby: every time—with abandon.

But, “Wait: wait a minute, Mr. Postman.” Maybe, amidst the abandon, sometimes do we miss the words? [Yes, even in church… but that’s another post.]

We might want to admit this too: Haven’t each of us had moments when we learned from lyrics? Mandisa? Lennon/McCartney? Taupin? Curtis-Chapman? FF5? Dylan?

Beautiful harmony can distract from beautiful words: it’s a tragic, even hellish, fact.

So, how about today, let’s redeem it.

I direct our attention to a classic we’ve all sung to, driving along the highway: Graham Nash’s “Teach Your Children”.

In this lyric, he advises the younger to learn from their older teachers. He also reminds the older to learn from the younger. [But if they’re wrong, they’re wrong. ‘Just sayin’.]

Flying past the song’s familiarity, I found it life-changing. How about this time we bypass the metronome, letting it sink in? Are you game? Here are the lyrics [hyperlink follows].

= – =

You,

who are on the road

must have a code

that you can live by.

And so

become yourself

because the past

is just a good bye.

Teach

your children well,

their father’s hell

did slowly go by,

And feed

them on your dreams,

the one they fix,

the one you’ll know by.

Don’t you ever ask them why,

if they told you, you would cry,

So just look at them and sigh

and know they love you.

And you,

of the tender years

can’t know the fears

that your elders grew by,

And so

please help them with your youth,

they seek the truth

before they can die.

Teach

your parents well,

their children’s hell

will slowly go by,

And feed

them on your dreams,

the one they fix,

the one you’ll know by.

Don’t you ever ask them why,

if they told you, you would cry,

So just look at them and sigh

and know they love you.

= – =

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztVaqZajq-I

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One Response to Learn from Your Children

  1. Funny. My youngest son used to play that song over, and over, and DRIVING ME MAD! over. I never knew the words until you posted them though. Thanks!
    When I came home from the office for dinner he would occasionally ask me to do something with him and my invariable reply would be, “Sorry Son, I have to go back to work.
    He would leave the room and in a bit I would hear him upstairs in his room playing his guitar and softly singing, “But we’ll have a good time then Dad, We’ll have a good time than.”
    Heartbreaking now!
    Thanks Laura.

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