3/10/07

Sunday Morning Song of the Moment

When planning our wedding, I think one of the things I stressed out about most was song selection - gee, go figure.
I had called my dad one day and said, I want you to take your time and think about this for awhile. You & I danced to 'Daddy's Little Girl' at your wedding. I know that is traditional. I don't necessairly want tradition. I want to select a song that means something. So, think about it and let me know if you come up with a song.
To which he said: I don't need time to think about it. I know the perfect song.
I was shocked (though I don't know why) that he had an answer for me so quickly because I had been going out of my mind to find just the right song.

So, I said OK. Hit me with it.
He: 'Father and Daughter'. I don't know if you've heard it or not. It's by Paul Simon and it's from a children's movie. But it's perfect.

I had never actually heard the song before he mentioned it. At that time, those years ago, Connor was too little for TV and I didn't really know my way around the goofy kids movies yet. So, I downloaded the song and thought to myself Damn, this is perfect.
But one thing stopped me. The song was way too fast. I called him and told him I thought the song was an excellent choice, but it was a tad too fast. He agreed, though I could hear disappointment in his voice.
We danced to When You Say Nothing At All (Allison Krauss' version). And though it fit too, I sort of regret not just winging it and dancing to this song with my Dad on my wedding day.

Hindsight is 20/20.


Father and Daughter
By: Paul Simon

If you leap awake
In the mirror of a bad dream
And for a fraction of a second
You can't remember where you are
Just open your window
And follow your memory upstream
To the meadow in the mountain
Where we counted every falling star

I believe a light that shines on you
Will shine on you forever
And though I can't guarantee
There's nothing scary hiding under your bed
I'm gonna stand guard like a postcard
Of a Golden Retriever
And never leave till
I leave you
With a sweet dream in your head

I'm gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you'll always know
As long as one and one is two wooo
There could never be a father who loved
His daughter more than I love you

Trust your intuition

It's just like goin fishin'
You cast your line and hope you get a bite
You don't need to waste your time
Worryin' about the market place
Trying to help the human race
Strugglin' to survive its harshest hour

I'm gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you'll always know
As long as one and one is two wooo
There could never be a father who loved
His daughter more than I love you

I'm gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you'll always know
As long as one and one is two wooo
There could never be a father who loved
His daughter more than I love you


3 ripples in the pond:

jen said...

this is so lovely. you and your dad are so lovely, too.

i heart three dog night dad.

Tabba said...

Jen - I don't think I've told you....I shared with my dad the whole story behind "three dog night" dad - he roared with laughter and thought it was great.
Just thought I'd share that witcha;)

Undercover Angel said...

What a wonderful song. Hindsight is always 20/20 but I'm sure the memories of dancing with your father to When You Say Nothing At All are just as special. Maybe you could dance together to the other song at another important event like an anniversary party or something...