Illustration by Michael White.
This week’s “Inside the Lines” quotes “The Living Years” song performed by Mike & The Mechanics.
It was released in December 1988 in the UK and in the US as the second single from their album ‘Living Years’. The song addresses a son’s regret over unresolved conflict with his now-deceased father.
The song reached #1 on multiple charts, making it the song of the year in multiple countries.
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating on your door
To all my Father held so dear
I know that I’m a hostage
To all his hopes and fears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years
Filled with imperfect thought
I’m afraid that’s all we’ve got
He says it’s perfect sense
You just can’t get agreement
In this present tense
We all talk a different language
Talking in defense
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late (it’s too late) when we die (oh when we die)
To admit we don’t see eye to eye …”
Mike & The Mechanics – The Living Years