Leader of the band

Dan Fogelberg

 An only child alone and wild, a cabinet maker's son
 His hands were meant for different work and his heart was known to  none.
 He left his home and went his lone and solitary way
And he gave to me a gift I know I never can repay   
 A quiet man of music, denied a simpler fate
 He tried to be a soldier once but his music wouldn't wait
 He earned his love through discipline, a thund'ring velvet hand
His gentle means of sculpting souls took me years to understand
 .    The leader of the band is tired and his eyes are growing old
 .    But his blood runs through my instrument and his song is in my soul 
 .    My life has been a poor attempt    to  imitate   the    man
 .    I'm just a living  legacy to the lea--der of-- the band

       My brothers' lives were different for they heard another call
   One went to Chicago, the other to St. Paul
   And I'm in Colorado when I'm not in some hotel
   Living out this life I chose and come to know so well 

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   I thank youfor the music and your stories of the road
   I thank you for the freedom when it came my time to go
   I thank you for the kindness and the times when you got tough
   And papa I don't think I said "I love you" near enough.
(Chorus followed by ending: )
               I am the living  legacy to the leader of    the band

Corrected by Bill Littleton. View original
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