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It is always a little disconcerting to hear your own voice and to mistake it for a sibling or a parent. It is even more intense when you look in the mirror and find one of them staring back at you. I don’t know if it helps us to understand them any better but it does bring into focus how much a part of us they really are. My father had six children and his daily escape was to stay up late and read. The wooden Alamo really was a homemade gift that I got for my birthday when I was about 7 years old. And yes, my father made it.

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DADDY’S ALAMO
© Bob Wright

I see my father’s eyes sometimes
Looking at me from my own
They seem surprised to see me there
In what should be their own
If memory can be trusted
They were lighter blue and kind
I see my father’s eyes sometimes
Staring out of mine

as birthdays come and birthdays go
I think of that one long ago
When I popped my eyes for the big surprise
And there stood a wooden Alamo
I’d seen my father with wood and paint
But a carpenter my father ain’t
I said how and he said no
That’s not Daddy’s Alamo

Daddy’s Alamo was dreams of places that he’d never been
Things he’d never got to do and people that he’d never seen
He’d stay up late every night reading by a single light
And it was years before I’d know that was Daddy’s Alamo

Now we ain’t always meant to do
The things we wished we’d done
Which makes it harder to accept
The things that we become
But he had a real good job and every day he’d go
He didn’t like it all that much
But that’s not Daddy’s Alamo

Daddy’s Alamo was dreams of places that he’d never been
Things he’d never got to do and people that he’d never seen
He’d stay up late every night reading by a single light
And it was years before I’d know that was Daddy’s Alamo

I’m older now and a fool for life
Got my own home and a wife
And one thing stands out clear to me
You can’t live your parents dreams
They’re just people after all
With hopes and dreams big and small
Children come and children go
But that’s not Daddy’s Alamo

Daddy’s Alamo was dreams of places that he’d never been
Things he’d never got to do and people that he’d never seen
He’d stay up late every night reading by a single light
And it was years before I’d know that was Daddy’s Alamo

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from GINGERBEARD WHISKERCHIN, released July 14, 2020

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Bob Wright/ Harbortown New York, New York

He is a multi-instrumentalist, an award winning songwriter and Bob Wright songs are often mistaken for traditional songs because their immigrant roots run deep beneath the surface of America and back to the places they came from for nurturing and inspiration. They surface in a modern world, constructed with a modern sensibility and a comforting resonance with the past. ... more

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