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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Simple Man

My sister in law Abby recently posted about the poem If by Rudyard Kipling and how it said all the things she wanted to say to her son Milo. I agree it is a wonderful poem and does make me think of what we all want our children to be when they grow up.

But, when it comes to my own sweet little boy, that poem is not the first thing that pops into my mind. Tristen makes me think of Simple Man. I realize that it's a huge leap from Kipling to Lynyrd Skynyrd, but just roll with me on this one. It's a beautiful song with a mother telling her son what she wants for him. There are no fancy words, frills, or anything like that. It's simple, straight forward, and brings me to tears every time I hear it.

I want Tristen to realize there is more to life than money and things. To know the love of Our Father. That it is the ones you love that are important. To be true to himself. To be a man he can be proud of!

So, Tristen my love, this is my song for you.
Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say.
And if you do this
It will help you some sunny day.
Take your time... don't live too fast,
Troubles will come and they will pass.
Go find a woman and you'll find love,
And don't forget son,
There is someone up above.

And be a simple kind of man.
Be something you love and understand.
Be a simple kind of man.
Wont you do this for me son,
If you can?

Forget your lust for the rich mans gold
All that you need is in your soul,
And you can do this if you try.
All that I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.


Boy, don't you worry... you'll find yourself.
Follow you heart and nothing else.
And you can do this if you try.
All I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.