Carrack, Paul - The Living Years Lyrics




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 thought
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
In this present tense
We all talk a different language
Talking in defence

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 day
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





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  1. Joan Crawford

    I love this song. A great singer.

  2. antibee1

    i loved this song then and i still do... so haunting and Mr Carrack has the voice....

  3. Tony Evans

    Out of this world!! Always loved this song but this is stunning.WOW>

  4. Mark Dixon

    A truly moving experience from a real star! I love this song

  5. Sam Samual

    What A performer I love every song

  6. Marcel Versteeg

    wonderful with the Boy-choir at the end!

  7. Shelly Weiers

    Probably one of the most beautiful and greatest songs ever written and performed paul you are a musical genius god bless you

  8. Thomas becke

    sad to say, Playback !

  9. Steve schatz

    Great kiwi band

  10. denise clendinning

    The 2 Pauls were the best singers in the Mechanics

  11. Diklom

    wenn man nicht mehr singen kann sollte man es sein lassen !!!! verfickte kacke

  12. Rob Erickson

    Miss you Dad

  13. Paul Edward Baca

    Just amazing

  14. Bud Weiser

    The "Man with the Golden Voice" for sure.

  15. Mr & Mrs Yates

    awsome singer.

  16. Stephen Savedra

    such moment's we all have seen.

  17. JPPureCandy

    This seems to be a german charity concert as evidenced by the names of people and how many Euros they've donated. I'd be interested to know if anybody knows the story.

  18. Maureen Lofthouse

    awesome love him x

  19. Michael Mason

    What's more beautiful than listening to this great man singing as he does. Wonderful!

  20. Monica Henriksson

    Beautiful, I Love You Paul Carrack <3

  21. shiznicks74

    Beautiful.

  22. guitarRN80

    Yep. Outstanding.

  23. 深夜

    & HE IS GONE

  24. Liebert Niederee

    breathtaking song ! Just beautyful, emotional version

  25. Rick S.

    OUTSTANDING !!!!!!!!!

    james gillooly

    his voice is smooth

  26. Nicky Depaola

    BEAUTIFUL VERSION!   I have always loved this performer!

  27. yprice850

    Paul Carrack is so underrated. I love someone that can sing with soul so effortlessly. No gimmicks, dramatics.....just pure singing.

    Nicky Depaola

    @yprice850 ....THIS MAN IS ONE OF THE ALL~TIME BEST! I am now 52, I know PAUL! "How Long"......blessings Mr. Carrack!

    Brian thompson

    Seen him three times now and he is a brilliant and genuine musician/singer and performer...

  28. Becky Hallam

    Absolutely beautiful.. Sends a warm feeling in my heart...

  29. rgjcalvin Johnson

    still such excellent vocal control - sweet

  30. Linda Ibbetson

    I saw Paul at Liverpool Philharmonic last week and he was absolutely fantastic, shivers down the spine fantastic!!!  True Legend x

  31. Nicolaas Daud

    Paul Shown his class! Thank you

  32. Jade.O

    beautiful.