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Set A Few Things Right © 2018 Ken Kahn
Nothing knocks you off your feet like when your child has grown and is going out the door
Even though we know it's the way of the world.
So now it's your job to become a woman, just as it is mine to stare down at the floor,
And think of the things I should and shouldn't have said before.
I just want to set a few things right before you go. Before you go,
Tell you some stuff that grown-ups should know before you move along.
Just to get a few things right, it's just what every father wants
So I won't regret not saying them when you're gone.
Nothing showed the way you loved me like the way you left me hanging by a thread,
Even though we both know it was the end of our affair.
Just when I thought I knew what you were saying, you said what you'd told me wasn't what you meant.
Honestly, can we just agree that we were quite a pair?
Now it's time to set a few things right before we go, before we go,
Unsay the things that were so hard to hear so we can both move on
Let's just get a few things right, oh, lover, that's not much to ask,
So missing you can be bittersweet when you're gone.
I know it's late, but maybe there's a later train. Could you take a different flight?
Hear me out, 'cause maybe there's a thing or two even you would want to set right.
Someday when my days are numbered, maybe I'll be lying in a quiet room
Thinking about some of the lies I've told and what lies ahead for me.
Well, I hope you'll come and sit beside me, come and just abide my perennial gloom,
And I hope you'll understand it when I say:
Sure be nice to set a few things right before I go, before I go
Spill a few secrets you ought to hear so I can move along.
Just to get a few things right, so I might earn some peaceful rest,
And my memory may be a blessing, and you'll be confessing that this last lesson -
It wasn't a total waste of time - to set a few things right.