Waving Goodbye

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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