Juan 50: The Day My Dad Went To Paramus

Down on Demarest Ave
I remember running toward a park
Where one swing was always broken
Words were barely spoken
As children played the summer day away
Later sitting in a salt water lagoon
Swimming in the Palisades
That summer day seemed endless

Down on Charles Street
I remember hiding in the dark
Fleeing the seeker to base they’d dart
1-2-3 you’re it they’d say
As children played the summer night away
Lightening bugs brightening the night
To home, to sleep, to end the flight
Of a summertime that seemed endless

Until we left it all behind
Knowing that fall was just around the bend
The hope for life of better days
Was so off base from where we’d been
We didn’t know it then
Toys and play and laughs would end
Adulthood would disarm us
The day my Dad went to Paramus

Down on Tenafly Road
I remember walking with my crew
Catholic children dos, uniforms engaged
The sister with the rugged ways
As children strolled their way to school
Acting like kids, playing like fools
Bowing down their heads in Joseph’s mass
Those schoolboy days did not go fast

Until we left it all behind
Knowing that summer was just around the bend
The hope for life of better days
Was so off base from where we’d been
I didn’t know it then
Lessons, books and recess would soon end
Adulthood would disarm us
The day my Dad went to Paramus

Seems a lifetime ago
(It is)
Seems ages ago
(Might be so)
It’s all there
(Always there)
That time seemed endless

Until we left it all behind
Knowing that winter was just around the bend
Embracing life of now gone days
So far off base from where we’ve been
I didn’t know it then
Childhood and innocence would end
Adulthood would disarm us
The day my Dad went to Paramus
The day my Dad stayed in Paramus

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