by Harry Nilsson
Years ago, I knew a man,
He was my mother's biggest fan,
We used to walk beside the sea,
And he told me how life would be
When I grew up to be a man.
Years ago, we used to play,
He used to laugh when I ran away,
But when I fell and hurt my knee,
He would run to comfort me,
And the pain would go away.
Years ago, I knew a boy,
He was his daddy's pride and joy,
But when the daddy went away
It was such a rainy day
That he brought out all his toys.
That's how the mother did explain,
Trying to take away the pain,
But, he just couldn't understand
That his father was not a man
And it all was just a game.
The years have passed and so have I,
Making it hard for me to cry,
And if and when I have a son,
Let it all be said and done,
Let the sadness pass him by.