No. 13
Jessica Relyea
Son of Mine
Ian Rollison

Welcome to the world,
oh son of mine. Your dada
got somethin’ to tell you.
The world a maelstrom,
gonna suck you in.
Be strong boy, dada
gon’ teach you to swim.
You gon’ take it
like a man.

Come here,
son of mine. Your papa
got somethin’ to tell you.
The world full of hate and
pain, boy. Papa
gon’ teach you to hold
your chin high
so you can take it
like a man.

Sit right here,
son of mine. Your daddy
got somethin’ to tell you.
You gon’ meet a girl
and you gon’ give her
your heart. She might
throw it to Charybdis. Keep
your pride, boy. You
gotta take it
like a man.

Listen up,
son of mine. Your dad
got somethin’ to tell you.
All about growin’ pains.
You explore the world now,
boy. Got your life to live,
many roads to walk. You
take the high road,
better take it
like a man.

Don’t cry,
son of mine. Your father
got somethin’ to tell you.
You gon’ learn about
growin’ old. Can’t swim
forever, the vortex too strong.
Taught you what to know, so
you be strong. Gon’ be a
father some day. All my
love, boy. You go on now,
be a man.

Hey there,
son of mine. Your dada
got somethin’ to tell you.
Gonna tell you what Chiron
once said. Life a storm on
your horizon, boy. Tempest
will take your pride. Dada
gon’ teach you to swim. You
be strong now, boy,
‘cause one day you’ll
be a man.