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Father/Daughter Dialogue

This song is by Loudon Wainwright III and appears on the album Grown Man (1995).

Dearest daddy, with your songs
Do you hope to right your wrongs?
Can't undo what has been done
To all your daughters and your son
The facts are in and we have found
That basically you're not around
Dearest daddy, try as you might
All you are is just uptight
You sing of my mother and me
Somewhat sentimentally
You sing of a father and son
But all you do from him is run
You like to think that things are OK
Singing things that you should say
Dearest daddy, with your songs
Do you hope to right your wrongs?

Darling daughter can't you see
The guy singing the songs ain't me
He's someone people wish I was
But I can't do as this dude does
And if the songs seem slightly pat
You know life's messier than that
They're just songs and life is real
It's just my version, how I feel
And you don't feel the same I know
How it went down or how it should go
My mistakes you label wrongs
I expiate my guilt with songs
Why I'm uptight or not around
Those wives continue to confound
Darling daughter can't you see
The guy singing the songs ain't me

Written by:

Loudon Wainwright III