Do I dress in the fashion of his youth?
Do I make the same faces that he did?
Do I find elaborate ways to bend the truth?
If I didn't tell you, would you still know I was his kid?
Am I a target for the police
like my daddy was before me?
Do I rage like a dog off a leash?
Will my future children, one day, abhor me?
Do I do it like him when he did it?
Am I destined to follow in his steps?
Do I show emotion in places where he didn't?
Am I telling all the secrets that he kept?
I know I have some of his talents
for drawing and turning a phrase.
But when it comes to keeping my balance
I seem to stumble right off the page
My father has made many changes
I'm blessed enough to see them too.
One thing I've learned over the years, though
Is the one who can make a difference is you.
So, if I wanna break the mold
and walk along my own path
instead of falling in line with what I'm told
I'll learn from the mistakes of the father's past