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Seventy hours a week
It amazes me the power in her feet
With no sleep she raised me
A cocktail waitress with three babies
Who will not fail in a race to try and save me
From humiliation pain and heartache
And still I don’t hesitate to learn it the hard way
She knows she can’t control that
But I love her every effort
It just shows where her souls at
And I know that she hated our poverty
And the clothes donated by the Salvation Army
Honestly I stare at her honorably
She’s more then a mom to me
Whole-heartedly I say that
Knowing there is no pay back
For those who are constantly giving
I just pray that she knows that I care and love her
I see the cross she bares
As she walks through the struggle
And still she remains humble in uncertainty
As her life changed with two major brain surgeries
And an insurance agency she gotta argue with
To get the medicine she needs inside her arteries
And though it’s hard for me
To understand just how she does it
I know I’m a better man because of it
So many cracks that us people can fall through
Yet the love of your mother still calls you

Father is an ex-marine
And for my moms I know he’d drop everything
Reading psalms he’d stop and try to tell me things
He knew I wouldn’t understand
Until I got inside the hell of things
And the bell would ring and I would go rounds
Fighting on a similar road he had to go down
Without him I’d have no sound no soul
And definitely no rock and roll
Regardless of the copies I sold he still backs me
Reaching for that level as the devil keeps attacking me
Is this how it has to be
Well if it happens to you then it happens to me
He said that’s the meaning of family
Form a team of the people you love understand me
He always knew that there was more to me
Supporting me
Reassuring me to be proud of being Portuguese
And though I’m sure that he
Don’t understand just how I love him
The conversation we had and how I learned from them
Contemplating with dad on how the worlds turning
Concentrating on the good
When the bad is hurting someone
I heard from someone
We are the light that shines through
And it helps to know your family is right behind you
So many cracks that us people can fall through
Yet the love of your father still calls you


from Of gods and girls, track released July 10, 2006


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