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Waving Goodbye

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Sit with me here in this room, I'm alone, but if you sit with me
Maybe I won't feel like I'm alone (I'll feel like I'm home)
I never went through that rebellious phase where my family was lame
And I wanted to be on my own (now I'm on my own)

And I wonder if I've wandered too far away
And if I should stay... or if I should go home

If I close my eyes I am practically there, with my dad on the couch
And my mom in her old rocking chair
I used to climb on her lap and she'd rock me to sleep,
Read me stories then carry me back up the stairs

And I wonder when I learned to read on my own,
Grew heavy to hold, too big for her chair

You gave me brown hair
You gave me brown eyes
You gave me the patience I need to be kind
You said not to cry, I promised to try
I'm waving goodbye

I call my mom once a week and my dad twice a year but
I love them the same, I've no favorite at all
My dad can fix anything but I don't have that gene
It just seems like that apple had too far to fall

But I wonder if I'll take the best of his traits
His humor and faith in the ones that he loves

You gave me brown hair, you gave me brown eyes
You gave me the patience I need to be kind
You said not to cry, I promised to try
I'm waving goodbye

Columbus, Ohio and Reno, Nevada
Chicago and L.A. and now in Seattle
I've left behind all of the baggage I had - I still
Bring you both with me wherever I travel
You could've fixed every little mistake
The bumps in the road, the cuts and the scrapes
Could've fought all my battles and made me feel safe
Could've told me I'm perfect, unable to change

But the best thing a parent can do for their child
Is strengthen their heart
Make them able to wave them goodbye

You gave me brown hair, you gave me brown eyes
You gave me the patience I need to be kind
I said not to cry, you promised to try
I'm waving goodbye

 

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