Inside the Lines: “The Living Years”

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.


“Every generation
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating on your door
I know that I’m a prisoner
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
Oh, crumpled bits of paper
Filled with imperfect thought
Stilted conversations
I’m afraid that’s all we’ve got
You say you just don’t see it
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
Say it loud (say it loud), say it clear (oh say it clear)
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




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