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These lyrics are dedicated to anyone who has lost their fathers (Dec 1998 for me) and especially to some good folks that I have gotten to know musically at MacJams.

This is a song that I would've wrote if I could've wrote when I was six. It was written from a couple of perspectives. From the perspective of a child and from the perspective of an adult. One evening about 3 years ago my wife and I attended
Beanstock Music Festival in Jim Bean , Texas. It is a Singer/Songwriter festival much like The Kerrvile Folk Festival in it's earlier days. While listening to a singer/songwriter he announced a song that he wrote about his dad. Evidently he had a strained relationship with his father and sang about never being able to please him or feel loved by him. I remember thinking, 'You better have a good relationship with your children, because you never know if they are going to become songwriters, poets or bookwriters and its the only way you can influence what they write about you for all the world to read.' Anyway, I thought. If I were to ever write a song about my father what would I write? I wanted to write it from the standpoint of when I was a young boy.
One day while on the train to where I work near downtown Dallas, I remembered an event when a branch fell out of a tree and it hit my dad on the forehead. It was the first time that I ever saw him bleed. It was a moment when I got a glimpse of the mortality of life and ancient mysterious questions. Becoming aware of life and death and mortality- that sort of thing. I was really about six, but ten had a better rhyme.

At the time that I wrote this, my mother and sister were still living and they are mentioned in the song. And I really have two brothers. But since I wrote it as a ten year old I decided to keep it in context. This song is an abbreviation of it and does not include the chorus. I got to break out my West Texas influence on this song.

The photograph is of my Dad and Mother, Brace and Wanda- taken about the time that this event occurred, thereabouts.
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Lyrics
I remember when I was ten
We were helpin move a trailer
For your best friend
When it hit a branch from a pino’n tree and
And it fell on you instead of me.

It was the first time I ever saw you bleed-
First time I thought that you were a mortal like me
First time I ever realized that we cant live forever
And someday we’re gonna die

O Daddy? Where do we go when we die?
Do we really get wings - can we really fly?
Can we really talk to Jesus like that man downtown
And do they put us in a box deep down in the ground?
Do we get to see Grandma and go whereever we please
Do we get to float around like a kite on a breeze?

And daddy if you get there before I do
Can you give us a phone call… does a postcard do?
Will you be there when I get there? Will I have to wait?
Will you buy me butterfingers and chocolate shakes?

Oh daddy!
Oh daddy?

Can you send me an angel to keep me safe
And one for my momma and my sister’s sake
And my two brothers- theyre gonna need a few
Cuz daddy when you’re gone we’re still gonna need you.

The years went by like the lines on your face.
You kept your dignity with love and grace
But you never asked if you could go
You must have considered that we'd say, no.

It’s been seven years since you have flown
And we sure are proud you called us your own
You were the calm in the storm
And the hand on the wheel
You reflected God’s love that noone can steal

Andy Wigzell © 2009
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Uploaded: May 16, 2009 - 05:04:45 PM
Last Updated: May 16, 2009 - 08:14:45 PM Last Played: Feb 10, 2018 - 08:55:30 AM
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gail60 said 3414 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
I love this
I have said many times in the past that I am such a daddy's girl and this song really touched my heart. The older my father gets, the more I think about losing him and it breaks my heart. This really is very precious and I thank you for sharing your heart with us. Loved the harmonies and everything about it! I hope your daddy is enjoying his wings. :0)
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awigze said 3414 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Gail
thanks for a great comment. I think my dad is enjoying his wings. I can see that music is healing but it is good friends that make the biggest difference. You dad must really be a blessing to you... and he always will.
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composerclark said 3414 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Lovely
Very moving song, really got to me. Nice lyrics, and you sing with a lot of heart. Really good work here.
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awigze said 3414 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Clark
Thanks Clark, I am glad you stopped in.... I saw where you were looking for an alto sax player... I listened to your urban tunes and wondered if I could give it a go. Not sure how to progress as my alto needs some work and have to struggle a bit to get the right intonation.
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Char said 3414 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
That was
really special, Andy. Excellent lyrics and singing. I think this will be a classic. Thanks.
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awigze said 3414 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Char
Thanks Char for checking out this new offering to the MJ world. I thing Jack's idea is really y great to have in the mix. Glad you like the vocals.
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Roxylee said 3414 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Clear and easygoing
You sound so relaxed and natural telling this story. Questions, questions.. I'm convinced we'll be able to go wherever we please, with just a thought. I say this because we will be like him, and he can do that. The mando sounds real good. I really enjoyed your Front Porch entry.:-)
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awigze said 3414 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Roxylee
Thanks Roxanne for stopping by. I really enjoyed your interp w/ Dadai.2 of the song and agree with you that we will be able to go where we please. Perhaps wings will not be necessary.
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Feter said 3414 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Do We Really Get Wings?
My friend Andy , I do really appreciate your song here and collaboration as
a very gifted present to us all ..the dedication spirit on this song is all
so deep and inspiring ...I felt this is the perfect image of the collab can
be done here as we know how good our (Jack) is ..and your singing and instruemnt
works here just a top notch to this ..I m very moved by this ...God Bess you
and yours ....with all the peace ...thnx alot for sharin such gem !!!!
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awigze said 3413 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Feter
Thank you most humbly for your kind words. This is very encouraging and hope in the future to evoke such a critique. Jack's idea was great and the guitar track so full and pulled me out of a low place. God bless you Feter. You are blessed to be a blessing.
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MarkHolbrook said 3413 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Wow Andy!
This brought tears to my eyes... I lost my father Nov 15th, 1993. It was one of the hardest days of my life and I never felt more alone in the world then at that second. But I was lucky to have a wonderful wife and a sister and the time to recover.

I remember thinking my Dad could do anything. As I grew it became clear there was much he could not do but he never that that slow him down.

Wonderful my friend. Top shelf in every way!
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awigze said 3413 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Mark
Thank you sincerely for your words. I wasn't sure if I should go out on this but such is the risk that we take when we reveal our hearts in such ways. I think the lesson in losing someone so close is that it leaves a void that can only be backfilled by the love of the ones who have been left behind... and you were also there for your sister and also for your wife who must miss him as much as you do.
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Dadai.2 said 3413 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
This is so very good.
Andy, you have written a very poignant song that vividly delivers the reality of life and death... and the heaven through the eyes of a young boy. It completely rings true. No easy task. I am very touched by your song. It is sweet and deep. Your singing is that of a pro the way you deliver the lines... singing... some spoken-word-like phrases at points and the way your voice trails off at the end of certain lines. Really draws me into the world of the young boy... your world.

Thanks for this gift of this song that you have added to my little guitar foray. This one is a keeper.

"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greastest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me." Matthew 18:3-5
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awigze said 3413 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Dadai.2 JACK!
I am at a loss of words - this coming from you. Your guitar track is so good and full. It ran ahead of me the whole way telling me to be better and I thank you for the idea and I had no idea when I first heard it that it could be the vehicle for helping along a Great Healing. I really love all the many interpretations of your foray and I hope that many others will grasp onto it and send it down another life of it's own. I appreciate you and your work so very much. Thank you for the scripture reference. It has now become another significant passage now for me. Bless you and all of your own.
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kassia said 3413 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
absolutely
lovely and sweet, full of emotion. Great vocals and harmonies. I love the simplicity of just the guitar and mando. Great tune Andy. Be proud of this one.
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awigze said 3413 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Kassia
I am Shay. Thanks so much and I am glad that you listened to it with your sensitivities and honest ways that I have heard your music. The guitar was superb and made for a great and inspiring way.
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davisamerica said 3413 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
andy ...
man .... thanks.
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awigze said 3413 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Jack
Your welcome. Eloquent as always... man!
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bud said 3413 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Andy - what a great song
your voice goes straight to the heart and the lyrics carry such a strong message. I lost my Dad in 1999 and we've grown ever closer since. I wish I had given him as much thought when I was younger as I have since he's gone. Nice Mando playing too BTW.
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awigze said 3413 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Bud
Thanks Bud... I really don't consider myself much of a singer... I was just some West Texas schmuck belting out a poem.... I feel the same way too about my dad now.... I always didn't relate to him like I wished I had, but he knew that I loved him and I knew that he loved me too.... pretty good odds there.
Andy
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Moviz said 3412 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
Nice song
nicely sung with very loving sentiment in the lyrics.... can't help but hear shades of Burl Ives in your voice too, cheers M
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awigze said 3412 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
Maurice
Thanks Maurice... Burl Ives- The Holly Jolly Christmas guy!
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Boundless said 3412 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
Hey Andy
Great song. Wonderful mood, vocal harmonies and lyrics.

Love it. Thanks for sharing this !
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awigze said 3410 days ago (May 20th, 2009)
Boundless
Thanks B. Glad you dropped in and that you like it.
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lengold said 3412 days ago (May 19th, 2009)
Really lovely
song and performance - I also picked up on the Burl Ives vibe.
Cheers
Len

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awigze said 3410 days ago (May 20th, 2009)
Len
Thanks Mr. Len... I am amused about the Burl IVes vibe but whudayagonna do? I guess many years of watching Rudolph the Red animations
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I.G.M. said 3411 days ago (May 19th, 2009)
Nice tune Andy,
moving lyrics, nicely played guitar.
It reminds me a lot of Neil Young, which is not bad in my book.

I would have made some strong spots in the progression, chronologically speaking.

Thank you for letting us see a part of your heart, much appreciated!
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awigze said 3410 days ago (May 20th, 2009)
Ingo
Ingo
Thanks Iggie, Kudos to Jack - full and vibrant guitar work- full on sound. I used the Front Porch collab as a way to work out a song that I have been 'writing' for the last couple of years and it worked out well as far as the chords that he chose were similar to mine... (I am not a guitar player so rely heavily on others) I plan on working up the song under similar title and will do just what you suggested.. Thanks.
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egobandit said 3409 days ago (May 21st, 2009)
very touching
I enjoyed the simplicity in the story telling . Tops!
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awigze said 3409 days ago (May 21st, 2009)
thanks Tim
sometimes less is more - thanks for listening and commenting
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Skean said 3408 days ago (May 22nd, 2009)
Moving
Oh! man what I love this, so full of emotions... Kudos
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awigze said 3408 days ago (May 22nd, 2009)
Kenta
Thanks for dropping in. appreciate the encouragement!
Andy
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Calchas said 3408 days ago (May 22nd, 2009)
All good questions!
Andy, this is magnificent. Simply magnificent...

The concept of getting and/or losing one's wings appears to have originated with my spiritual kin the ancient Platonists. It's a grand metaphor...

Love the lyrics, but I am blown away by your beautiful vocals my friend!

Be well!
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awigze said 3408 days ago (May 22nd, 2009)
Michael
Thanks loads Michael. I guess you're right - I was just thinking like I did when I was a kid... maybe this is the way children see life - through metaphor- or trying to make sense of the world within their own view of it. I am kind of perplexed by the compliments on vocals... I just don't think that I am a good singer and maybe that's not what I am doing at all... just telling a story perhaps and the great guitar track by Jack should get the ultimate credit for bringing that out for me and many others who have recorded on The Front Porch... love your work btw
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Calchas said 3406 days ago (May 24th, 2009)
RE Vocals:
You sing with conviction. Very authentic.

Sometimes I think folks have too restrictive notions of what makes a good vocal/vocalist. I mean, look at Bob Dylan. What an odd voice! But he's incredibly good at his own little niche. Then there's Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, and a host of others...

Face it bro. Beauty comes in a wide variety of forms. Your voice is one of those forms...

Be well friend!
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mowguy3 said 3406 days ago (May 24th, 2009)
Brought a tear to my eye
Life has hit me hard with the loss of family in the last couple years and this song has offerd another chance to reflect. This is just a fantastic song. Thank you!
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awigze said 3406 days ago (May 24th, 2009)
Russ
You know that feeling in your heart and in your eyes when you've had a cleansing cry... well I felt like that for about a week while I was working on this song. It was my hope and prayer that this could become a healing song. I know it was for me and I hope that it was for you. Your music - so full of emotion and truth, I am pleased that you dropped in for a listen.
Andy
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SmokeyVW said 3403 days ago (May 27th, 2009)
got me
it worked. ya got to me.

excellent!

thank you
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awigze said 3403 days ago (May 27th, 2009)
SmokeyVW
Thankd V-dub. I m glad you dropped in at the Front Porch and had a listen. Thanks for the encouragement. means a lot!


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