The Living Years Lyrics - Mike & The Mechanics

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Every generation
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating on your door

I know that I'm a prisoner
To all my Father held so dear
I know that I'm a hostage
To all his hopes and fears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Crumpled bits of paper
Filled with imperfect thoughts
Stilted conversations
I'm afraid that's all we've got

You say you just don't see it
He says it's perfect sense
You just can't get agreement
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In this present tense
We all talk a different language
Talkin' in defense

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

So we open up a quarrel
Between the present and the past
We only sacrifice the future
It's the bitterness that lasts

So Don't yield to the fortunes
You sometimes see as fate
It may have a new perspective
On a different date
And if you don't give up, and don't give in
You may just be O.K.

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

I wasn't there that morning
When my Father passed away
I didn't get to tell him
All the things I had to say

I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I'm sure I heard his echo
In my baby's new born tears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

Say it loud, say it clear
Say it loud
Don't give up
Don't give in
And don't know what you can do next

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thank you for the song | Reviewer: Beth Daly | 1/19/13

my father left when i was 8 and when i was 38 i woke up soaking wet in sweat my now x husband asked me what was wrong? i said i think my dad just died! i was suppose to meet him and ask questions i did to the crumbled up papers my thoughts were all over the place he died 1 week before i was able to ask him n yes my dad did die the day i felt it what crazy crap it wasBeth

heart wrenching lyrics | Reviewer: Tony | 11/23/12

I have an aunt who died this morning after a long battle with cancer. I was the one who had to tell my dad. They hadnt spoke in years which I find terribly sad. Now its too late to make up and after all life is too short for bitter feuds. I plan never to make the same mistake with my family. I guess this song brings it all in to perspective.

mother | Reviewer: carol | 6/16/12

when i was leaving the hospital after my mom had her first heart attack this song came on the radio. it is a very sad song but it is all so true. i try to teach others to remember this lesson. you never know when you have spoken your last words to someone that you cant take back.

memories of my father in law John Bell (son Gary John Bell) | Reviewer: mandy | 2/16/12

My ex husband loves this song it reminds him so much me his father who died 20years ago (but he need nt keep cutting himself up whenever if hears it cos his dad knew only too well that he loved him so:-)

memories | Reviewer: k26 | 1/31/12

20 years ago we got a call from the hospital, my dad was in getting a routine test done, he would not survive the night they told us, his heart had failed - we got in the truck and drove there - when the radio came on, this song was playing. Timing is everything I guess, miss my Dad every day and I listen to this song every year on the anniversary of his death

It is too late when we die | Reviewer: jdj | 1/23/11

Heard this song for the first time in mid August 2006 and made me think about my father who I had not talked to in years because of family problems. Less than a month later he passed. Everytime I hear this song it reminds me of him.

The Living Years | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/27/10

I had a row with my mother on the morning of her death and never had the chance to say sorry or how much I loved her.I will be sending the lyrics to my children so hopefully they and I will never make that mistake again

THE LIVING YEARS | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/18/10

My father was a sucessful business man, but failed miserably as a family man to all of his children. He had his favorites, but still lacked what we really needed. Nothing I did was ever good enough for him. Unfortunately he spent the last 8 years of his life suffering from Altzhimers, and did not know any of us. He died leaving 4 children and a step daughter wishing he had his priorities right. Now I find my son saying he loves me, but fails in showing it. As I enter my 60's I hope time doesn't run out on us. I sent him the words...hopefully he reads them!

Too true | Reviewer: L Kay | 1/14/08

My Dad died last week. Luckily he knew I loved him, and I knew he loved me. But I have two sisters who aren't speaking and life is SO too short. I really like what others have said-

"let go of the anger; you can't change anyone else but you can change yourself"

"My family seems to think that everyone in it is disposable."

Thanks for that, folks. I WILL send this to my sisters, with your comments. Bless you all, and bless Mike Rutherford for such a gem.

ITS TOO LATE | Reviewer: Jesse | 11/27/07

My father and mother separated when I was pretty young. In my naive mind, I used to believe they would get together again and we would be a family once more. I passed up so many visits, he died when I was in second grade forty years ago. So many things I need to say but its too late for me. He needed to know that I loved him. Call your mom, hug your kids, let go of the anger; you can't change anyone else but you can change yourself. A truer song was never sung.

Broken Families | Reviewer: Michelle Scheeland | 10/15/07

My family seems to think that everyone in it is disposable. This year for xmas, I'm sending all of the members in it who don't get along this song. My mother has one kidney left, and my brothers don't treat her well. None of them treat eachother particularly well. I hope this song helps bring them together and helps them to realize that they don't have forever to mend things with her so it's best to do it now.
Thank you

love this song-- makes me tear up | Reviewer: Rk | 9/8/07

I have an uncle and a cousin who dont talk and every time I hear this song, I think of my uncle who is getting older every day. I always think I should send a copy to my cousin, but he is so stubborn he probably woudlnt get it

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