Smith Hill Chronicles
My Daddy and me weren't close, we were at odds much of my teenage years in fact. When at age 18, we had a serious car wreck, with me driving, Daddy was mortally injured. He lived for 3 wks and several days in ICU, connected to a ventilator, therefore unable speak, even tho he was conscious. He was trying to say something to everyone, me in particular that whole time.
For many, many years, I blamed myself for his death, because after all, I was driving. This was one reason I had so many problems with alcohol. I was trying to drown my self imposed guilt. Thank God that part is over.
So, when this song came out, about praising your Father, it struck straight to my heart. I was obsessed with learning it. I did nothing else for several days, but listen to the record over and over with my guitar (I was in the process of leaving Arizona). Once I could play it on the guitar, it was still about 4 months before I could sing the song, without choking up, especially on that last verse, that last line:
"and Papa, I don't think I said, I LOVE YOU near enough" (I'm sitting here with a tear running down my cheek now).
PLEASE everyone; TELL the people in your life that you love them! SHOW THEM every day; you never know when you may turn around and they are not there, never to return.
About the author:
I write poetry, which I hope is inspirational.
I am also a working musician, in that I am an old guy who is still making money working and playing music.
I've been playing now for 51 yrs
These days I mainly play for older folks in Nursing Home, Assisted Living and Retirement Communities, plus the occasional party or wedding.