The perfect Father’s Day song.

Don’t Miss Your Life
(Phil Vassar and Charlie Black – Listen to it at

On a plane to the west coast
Laptop on my tray
Papers spread across my seat
A big deadline to make
An older man next to me said,
“Sorry to intrude
Thirty years ago, my busy friend
I was you
I made a ton of money
And I climbed up the ladder
Yeah, I was Superman
Now, what does it matter”

“I missed the first steps my daughter took
The time my son played Captain Hook
In Peter Pan, I was in New York
Said, ‘Sorry, son, Dad has to work’
I missed the father-daughter dance
The first home run, no second chance
To be there when he crossed the plate
The moment’s gone, now it’s too late
Fame and fortune come with a heavy price
Son, don’t miss your life”

Funny you should say that, I was
Sittin’ at the gate
My daughter called, she made straight As
And they’re off to celebrate
Scrollin’ through the pictures of my little family
My daughter with her mom and friends
Not a single one with me
They know I love ’em, I know they know I care
The truth is half the time, I’m not even there

I missed our fourth and fifth anniversary
Our girl was early by a week
Her sister had to hold her hand
I was in L.A, she said, “I understand”
I missed her first day of school
Man, what kind of crazy fool
Lets such a precious moment pass
We all know time goes way too fast
Hold on tight ’cause it don’t happen twice
Don’t miss your life

When I get off this plane
I’ll buy a turnaround ticket
Saturday’s her eighth birthday
And I’m not gonna miss it

There’ll be balloons and birthday cake
And I’ll clean up the mess they make
My mom and dad are drivin’ in
I haven’t seen them in God knows when
My wife will proudly say to me,
“I thought you were supposed to be
In Portland for a few more days”
I’ll take her in my arms and say,
Heard some words that hit me hard last night
A man said, “Don’t miss your life.”

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