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PG - Parental Guidance

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When he was a baby they said
He had a future, you could take it as read
Mom and Dad will do all that they can
So that when he's a man
He'll be always ahead
But when he was a boy growing tall
His father said "To hell with it all
If I stay I'll be old before time, son
I'm still in my prime, so
I'll give you a call"

But once he was a child full of grace
With a smile for the whole human race
Now his eyes only stare at the day
Till the sun goes away
To a happier place
Once he was a child full of fun
With a heart big enough for the sun
Now a freeze frame is all he can find
And it stays in his mind
And it shows what he's done

His mother did her best but she fell
First the bottle then the boozers as well
Uncle Joe and Uncle Jim brought presents for him
But he dreaded the sound of the bell
Till Uncle Mike brought the video round
And put it on just to drown out the sound
With tapes he could hire from a store
That had goodies galore in a room that he'd found

So the boy learned that love was a game
Women lose though they fight all the same
They get beaten again and again
They feel terror and pain
Then they carry the blame
And he learned to love cleavers and knives
Chainsaws and other men's wives
He learned to love blood on the floor
And he came to adore all the wasting of lives

When they came and took him away
His mother was out for the day
The girl was thirteen, he'd seen her before
And he thought she could star in his play
And it was just like the video said
She fought and she screamed and she bled
His pleasure was short, it was sweet
She was found on the street, where he'd left her for dead

But once he was a child full of grace
With a smile for the whole human race
Now his eyes only stare at the day
Till the sun goes away
To a happier place
Once he was a child full of fun
With a heart big enough for the sun
Now a freeze frame is all he can find
And it stays in his mind
And it shows what we’ve done

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from The Margarita Collection, released January 1, 1996

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