31 days: landslide

“This one’s for you, Daddy.”

I grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac with my parents, so when it came time to choose a song for my Father/Daughter dance at the wedding, it was pretty much a no-brainer.

 

The real story of the song’s origin is unclear (even statements from the author herself vary), but to me it means growing up.
Literally and metaphorically.

My dad’s in there. I’m in there. He’s guided me, and now I’m heading out on my own.
I’ve always been (and always will be) a Daddy’s girl, but now I’m someone else’s girl.
Change is hard, but I’m grounded in what you taught me, and I’ll always carry you with me.
I may fall down, but you’ve taught me how to get back up.
You may fall down too, but you’ve taught me how to carry, so I’ll be there for you.

 

Landslide
by Stevie Nicks
Fleetwood Mac

Took this love and I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
Till the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
And can I sail through the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
Oh oh I don’t know, oh I don’t know

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older I’m getting older too
Yes I’m getting older too, so

I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I, I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older too oh yes
I’m getting older too

So, take this love, take it down
Oh if you climb a mountain and you turn around
If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide will bring you down, down
And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills

Well maybe the landslide will bring you down
Well well, the landslide will bring you down

 

There’s a saying, “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.”
My adaptation: “You can take a girl away from her Daddy, but you can’t take her Daddy out of the girl’s heart.”
At least not this girl.
So, Daddy, as I’ve told you before, but just in case you need to hear it again (because we all need to hear these words often):
I love you.
and,
Thank you!

 

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