I was at that smartass time of my life
Where I'd pick a fight, just to pick a fight
If he said, black, I said white
If he took one side, I took the other side
The dinner table we sat around
Was more like a battleground
And I lost more times than I won
I woulda learned later on
that he was always preaching about his past
I just kept screaming Come on, Dad
That was twenty years ago
You don't know me at all
Trying to talk to you is like talking to the wall
Yeah, you gave me my life, but it's my life to live
Maybe I don't wanna live it like you did
Twenty years ago
He was built with blue collar sweat and blood
Squared jaw and a crew cut
A purple heart, a Viet Vet
He'd tell you every chance he'd get
Always running down my rock and roll
My friends, my hair, my clothes
But one night it got out of control
And right there we came to blows
And that was just enough to get me gone
I couldn't wait to prove him wrong
Twenty years ago struck out on my own
Couldn't tell me nothing that I didn't already know
Later I was on my way to what the hell did I care
My old man and his grey hair thought about the road I chose
Twenty years ago
Well, I left as fast as the leaves fell that Autumn
I never looked back and I never once called him
But every time I talked to Mama
I wondered if he was there, or if he even cared
I figured I walked out on him and the course of our love had run
Momma said, no,no, you listen to me, Son
He's a stubborn man and he won't give in
He believes what he believes, well, you're just like him
Well, I could tell by her voice there was something wrong
She broke down and said he ain't got long
So I caught the next plane home
Thought about all the years gone
Had my pride that I let so much time go by
I ran up those stairs and stood by his bed
And I cried
Twenty years ago thought I knew it all
But trying to talk to me was like talking to a wall
I thought I was a man acting like I did
But all I want right now is just to be your kid
Just before my Dad gave up the ghost
He took my hand and said
Son, let it go, that was twenty years ago
Twenty years ago
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