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How Are We Raising Our Sons

Peter Link  •  Song

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How Are We Raising Our Sons
Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

Walking home
From streetlight to streetlight
Heartbeat to heartbeat
Watching the shadows
Holding God’s hand
And knowing I walk not alone

Yet anxious
These butterflies here in the pit of my stomach
Are turning my heart to stone

And the fear that comes over me
On the window, tapping
Chilling me down to the bone
Should never have breathed
Its cold breath on my shoulder
Following …
Following me home

Breathless I wonder
Why is this happening?
What have I done to deserve …?
No! The fault is not mine
They are the ones
Mothers and Fathers
People of Earth
How Are We Raising Our Sons?
How Are We Raising Our Sons?
[Interlude]
Passing by
The boys on their lunch break
Whistling and taunting
Courage in numbers
Having “their fun”
With me as I stare straight ahead

Such cowardice
Though I wonder which one of them
Might have presumption
To actu’lly follow me home

And the thought that burns into me
Is that how can any man
Take just whatever he wants?
And why be so spoiled
And so disrespectful
Casting stones
And following me home?

Sadly I ask you
Why must we bend to you?
What have we done to deserve …?
No! The fault is not ours
You are the ones
Mothers, and fathers
Look to yourselves
How are we raising our sons?
How are we raising our sons?

Look to yourselves
Look to your children
Look to the things that are taught
This attack on my innocence
Is the essence of avarice
So look to the things in your thought

Look to yourselves
Look to your children
Look to the things that are taught
This attack on my innocence
Is the essence of avarice
So look to the things in your thought

Look to yourselves
Look to your children
Look to the things that are taught
This attack on my innocence
Is the essence of avarice
So look to the things in your thought

Before all that we live for comes undone
Look upon these
And ask yourselves, please
“How am I raising my son?”

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