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Lyrics for “New Father”
track 8 from Child Coming Home (album, 2019)
June 13th, the milk carton says,
Is when this drink will expire
And that date makes me think,
And, I admit, perspire
Because on June 13th my wife is due
To release to the world this child she grew And I admit that before I thought that I knew
How to keep from getting too hot and bothered.
But that was before, that was before, That was before I was a new father But now I’m a new father I am a new father
Verse 2: July 25th has come and gone
Another year since our wedding. I had so many dreams now gone from my life
Like the hair of a dog that is shedding But listen: one by one as I laid them down My heart was filled with a truth as light yet profound As the weight of my son I lift from the ground
And who with gentle voice says, “Father, I love you”
Bridge: When I was a child, I thought like a child I talked like a child. I reasoned like a child
But love grew me up
Love taught me that
It’s not about me
So now I’m living for love
Because love set me free
Verse 3: Decades pass like fading grass My child has grown in a moment I sang love’s song and he sang along But did I love him well? Has he known it? And though my heart does reach for days gone past I don’t fear for the future
I’m safe in the grasp
Of a fierce, grand love that will never elapse:
The Son of God laid down his life for my pardon
So I am a son, I am son, forever a son Of my Heavenly Father, my Heavenly Father
My Everlasting Father