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Leader of the Band November 8, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — joopen @ 9:35 pm

This song was played at the funeral and it fits my grandfather perfectly.  His life revolved around music and his faith.  He was in the Navy in World War II and then was a band director and chior director of many different types through out his life.  Music was his life. He taught many of my relatives as a band director in their schools, was invovled in church chiors and city bands.  He was the leader of our family and the Leader of the Band……

 

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 thundering, 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 leader of the band.
My brothers' lives were
   different
For they heard another call
One went to Chicago
And the other to St. Paul
And I'm in Colorado
When I'm not in some hotel
Living out this life I've chose
And come to know so well.
I thank you for 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, pap, I don't think I
Said 'I love you' near enough --
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 leader of the band
I am the living legacy 

To the leader of the band. 

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