The Fatherʼs Song
-Ewan MacColl


arr. Mackinnon, Lyon, Watson


I first heard this song in the mid 1980s on Dick Gaughanʼs fantastic album, A Different Kind of Love Song.


Thatʼs another day gone by son, close your eyes
Now the moon is chasing clouds across the skies
Go to sleep and have no fear son
For your mam and dad are here son
And the giantʼs just a shadow on the wall


Go to sleep and when you wake it will be light
Thereʼs no need to fear the darkness of the light
Itʼs not like the dark you find son
In the depths of some menʼs minds son
That defies the daily coming of the dawn


Stop your crying now, let daddy dry your tears
Thereʼs no bogeyman to get you never fear
Thereʼs no ogres wicked witches
Only greedy sons of bitches
Who are waiting to exploit your life away


Lie easy in your bed and grow up strong
Youʼll be needing all your strength before too long
For youʼll soon be on your way son
Fighting battles every day son
With an enemy who thinks he owns the world


Donʼt you let ʻem buy you out or break your pride
Donʼt you let yourself be used then cast aside
If you listen to their lying
they will con you into dying
You wonʼt even know that you were once alive


No more talking now, itʼs time to go to sleep
There are answers to your questions but theyʼll keep
Go on asking while you grow son
Go on asking til you know son
Then send the answers ringing through the world