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​To Jim

This song is by John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew and appears on the album Lawson (2005).

I gaze upon my son once more,
With eyes and heart that tire,
As solemnly he stands before
The screen drawn round the fire;
With hands behind clasped hand in hand,
Now loosely and now fast--
Just as his fathers used to stand
For generations past.

A fair and slight and childish form,
And big brown thoughtful eyes--
God help him! for a life of storm
And stress before him lies:
A wanderer and a gipsy wild,
I've learnt the world and know,
For I was such another child--
Ah, many years ago!

These lines I write with bitter tears
And failing heart and hand,
But you will read in after years,
And you will understand:
You'll hear the slander of the crowd,
They'll whisper tales of shame,
But days will come when you'll be proud
To bear your father's name.

I gaze upon my son once more,
With eyes and heart that tire,
As solemnly he stands before
The screen drawn round the fire;
Dream on, my son, that all is true
And things not what they seem--
'Twill be a bitter day for you
When wakened from your dream.