The Living Years

Paul Carrack, Mike + The Mechanics Buy

About The Living Years

"The Living Years" is a ballad written by Mike Rutherford and B. A. Robertson, and recorded by Rutherford's British rock band Mike + The Mechanics. It was released in December 1988 in the United Kingdom and in the United States as the second single from their album Living Years. The song was a chart hit around the world, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 on 25 March 1989, and reaching No.1 in Canada and Australia and No.2 in the UK. It spent four weeks at No. 1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart. Paul Carrack sings lead vocals on the track. The song addresses a son's regret over unresolved conflict with his now-deceased father. It won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically & Lyrically in 1989, and was nominated for four Grammy awards in 1990, including Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Video. In 1996, famed composer Burt Bacharach opined, "'The Living Years' is one of the finest lyrics of the last 10 years."In 2004, "The Living Years" was awarded a 4-Million-Air citation by BMI. The song was featured in the finale of American Horror Story: 1984, which aired on November 13, 2019. 


Year:
1994
3,396 Views
Playlists:
#10

 Become A Better Singer In Only 30 Days, With Easy Video Lessons!

Every generation
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating on your door

I know that I'm a prisoner
To all my Father held so dear
I know that I'm a hostage
To all his hopes and fears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Crumpled bits of paper
Filled with imperfect thought
Stilted conversations
I'm afraid that's all we've got

You say you just don't see it
He says it's perfect sense
You just can't get agreement
In this present tense
We all talk a different language
Talking in defence

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

So we open up a quarrel
Between the present and the past
We only sacrifice the future
It's the bitterness that lasts

So Don't yield to the fortunes
You sometimes see as fate
It may have a new perspective
On a different day
And if you don't give up, and don't give in
You may just be O.K.

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

I wasn't there that morning
When my Father passed away
I didn't get to tell him
All the things I had to say

I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I'm sure I heard his echo
In my baby's new born tears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

 The easy, fast & fun way to learn how to sing: 30DaySinger.com


Paul Carrack

Paul Melvyn Carrack (born 22 April 1951) is an English singer, songwriter and musician who has recorded as both a solo artist and as a member of several popular bands. The BBC has called Carrack "The Man with the Golden Voice", and described him as a "national treasure."Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic characterised him as "perhaps the best blue-eyed soul singer the [pub rock] scene produced." more »

FAVORITE (0 fans)


Genre:
Pop
Style:

Written by: B.A. ROBERTSON, MIKE RUTHERFORD (GB)

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind

Discuss the The Living Years Lyrics with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add these lyrics to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "The Living Years Lyrics." Lyrics.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 5 Dec. 2020. <https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/997483/Paul+Carrack>.

    Missing lyrics by Paul Carrack?

    Know any other songs by Paul Carrack? Don't keep it to yourself!

    Watch the song video

    The Living Years

    475.2K
    2,349     73

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant explanation for any lyrics that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant explanation for any acronym or abbreviation that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Don't miss Paul Carrack's

    Upcoming Events

    »
    Paul Carrack tracks

    On Radio Right Now

    Loading...

    Powered by OnRad.io


    Think you know music? Test your MusicIQ here!