Love, Dad (A Lineman To His Daughter)

 
Published on Jan. 23, 2011
Channel: Nina Jo Smith
Category: Music
Source: Youtube

I've always envied people who could write songs about their family. Thanks to KC Turner's Songwriting Challenge this week, I now have one. Well, okay, two.... Love, Dad (A Lineman To His Daughter) Words & Music by Nina Jo Smith © 2011 Redwood River Music I read your life between the lines Strung across the sky The rise and fall The ringing call Of a lineman To his daughter. I'm always looking at the sky Thinking about how it must look from way up high Backyard gardens, chicken coops and snakes You on the pole no matter how long it takes. You had a high voltage temper On a short fuse Where do you think I learned The language I use? Hit hard, run fast But not from you, Belt snaps, red welts, "I'll give you something to cry about," I gave you something to cry about. I kept you looking while A hot war was raging and our Gardens were growing and Seasons turned to years. REPEAT 1ST VERSE You sent me a letter by mail Somehow it found me When my zigzagging failed Your ruptured heart Tore me apart and You signed it, "Sending my love, Dad." I never forgot the good times While I tried to outrun the bad Planting corn, taming foals, pruning trees, swimming holes, hammer, saw, planing wood, doing things most girls my age never could. You didn't live for long People only know about a lineman through that song Who do they call when The power goes out? I see a lineman and I think about Sending you love, Dad. I read your life between the lines Strung across the evening sky The rise and fall The ringing call Of a lineman To his daughter.