Empty Shoes

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A requiem for my dying father. And a prophecy - what I predicted in this song came true. And I told my dad that would happen three months before he got sick. Well... now he knows. Too late, but he knows.

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I suppose I'll read about it in the papers
If I don't hear from some long-forgotten friend
wanting just to know if I am doing alright
and if my heart is really on the mend
with the fact I'll never see your face again...

I've been thinking for a while how I would answer -
What I wouldn't say (and maybe what I would).
Man, it seems like every Tom and Dick and Harry
Has some tale about how you once did them some good,
But I won't burst their balloon (though I could).

Yeah, you were larger than life for a while
You had that pat on the back and winning smile
But somewhere beyond the Coupe de Ville
in that big mansion on the hill
something died along with the will
and now there are just empty shoes to fill.

I have often wondered if you think about me
in a way that isn't tainted by the lies;
if there's any spark of pride in what I'm doing,
if there's any hint of pleasure and surprise,
perhaps a glint of understanding in your eyes.

Yeah, you were larger than life for a while -
You had that pat on the back and winning smile,
But somewhere beyond the Coupe de Ville
in that big mansion on the hill
something died along with the will
and now there are just empty shoes to fill.

I never gave you what you really wanted
But I learned to let you be the man you are
and though that never seemed to bring us back together
I didn't need you as my superstar
(and you never really needed that car)

Yeah, you were larger than life for a while -
You had that pat on the back and winning smile,
But somewhere beyond the Coupe de Ville
in that big mansion on the hill
something died along with the will
and now there are just empty shoes to fill.

Now there are just empty shoes...

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from So Low / Sky High, released March 15, 2008

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Bob Sky Young Farmington, Michigan

Perhaps better known as one half of the Delta Twins, "Sky" is a prolific composer with alter egos to suit each style of music. Here he explores an indie/folk/acoustic sound while playing all the instruments.

He's not one to limit himself to one genre. Perhaps that's the basis for his "Sky's The Limit Studios". Or maybe because his high school basketball nickname was "Sky". Or...?
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