'Who Will Tell Me' by Akamawa

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'Who Will Tell Me' is the English version of 'Ik Kijk Met Je Mee', a song I wrote (in Dutch) for my father who struggles with memory loss. All revenue (radioplay, streaming, downloads) of this song goes taxfree to NPO "Alzheimer Nederland".

 

'Who Will Tell Me'
©AKAMAWA | InsideOut Productions
 
The other day I saw myself walking,
Your reflection in the window of some shop
You smiled at me,
And briefly nodded
As if to say you’re goin’ great son
Don’t stop
Though looking back is for now not yet needed
To every thing that you once did or didn’t do
If one day time turns your past into the present
I too will pridefully be watching back with you
 
Oh dad I’m glad I no longer have to miss you,
I’m you now and that cannot be denied,
Not better not worse,
Not bigger not smaller,
Not richer not poorer,
Not shorter not taller,
Not dumber not brighter,
Not happier nor sad
And if there’s something you can no longer say,
I’m sure there’s nothing that you’re grandson can’t tell me
 
Very often I am catchin’ myself
Hummin’ a song I don’t even recognize
And just like you I ain’t got no clue
Where it comes from where it goes
But it’s a melody that sure never dies
Though looking back is for now not needed
To all those things I did or did not do
If the past becomes one day my present dad
I’ll be surely smiling back at it with you
 
Oh I am glad I no longer have to miss you,
I am you now, it cannot be denied,
Not better not worse,
Not bigger not smaller,
Not richer not poorer,
Not shorter not taller,
Not dumber not brighter,
Not happier nor sad
And if there’s ever something you can
No longer say,
We both know who will tell me
 
Though you’re rightish and I’m a lefty
All coins must have two sides for them to roll
And although soccer’s never much of a discussion
You and I we are the coin that makes us whole
And if ever our future has become a distant past
My son and you and I will certainly be
Watchin’ all those many beautiful things
Beautiful things you always did for him and me
 
Oh I am glad I no longer have to miss you,
I am you now, it cannot be denied,
Not better not worse,
Not bigger not smaller,
Not richer not poorer,
Not shorter not taller,
Not dumber not brighter,
Not happier nor sad
And if there’s ever something you can
No longer say,
We both know who will tell me
 
Dad I am glad I no longer have to miss you,
I am you now, it cannot be denied,
Not better not worse,
Not bigger not smaller,
Not richer not poorer,
Not shorter not taller,
Not dumber not brighter,
Not happier nor sad
And if there’s ever something you can
No longer say,
We both know who will tell me