That's My Job
By Conway Twitty
Tabbed By Larry Mofle
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I woke up crying late at night when I was very young
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I had dreamed my father had passed away and gone
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My world revolved around him, I couldn't lie there anymore
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So I made my way down the mirrored hall and tapped upon his door
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And I said, "Daddy, I'm so afraid, how will I go on with you gone that way
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Don't wanna cry anymore so may I stay with you?"
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And he said, "That's my job, that's what I do.
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Everything I do is because of you,
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To keep you safe with me.
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That's my job you see."
Later we barely got along, this teenage boy and he
Most of the fights it seems were over different dreams we each held for me
He wanted knowledge and learning, I wanted to fly out West
Said, "I could make it out there if I just had the fare. I got half, will you loan me the rest."
And I said, "Daddy, I'm so afraid. There's no guarentee in the plans
I've made. And if I should fail, who will pay my way back home?"
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Every person carves his spot and fills the hole with light
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And I pray someday I might light as bright as he
Woke up early one bright fall day and spread the tragic news
After all my travels I settled down within a mile or two
I make my living with words and rhyme and all this tragedy
Should go into my head and out instead as bits of poetry
But I said, "Daddy, I'm so afraid, how will I go on with you gone this way
How can I come up with a song to say I love you?"