First Day Back at School : Look at Him Go

Look at Him Go:

Both my boys start new schools tomorrow.
Like every parent I have big complicated feelings about the little hobbits growing up. I wrote this song last year when the biggest one started walking to school on his own. I watched from the window as he crossed the road, feeling sad about time passing but then saw that amazing ‘wild feeling of freedom’ in his face.

I watched him stop and rescue a snail from the pavement, like he has since he started the infants.

I think it’s the best song I’ve ever written because it’s just simple and direct and gets the subtleties of the moment.

Walking to school,
On his own,
He used to fit between
My palm and my elbow.

I remember him,
At four years old,
He used to ride on my shoulders,
‘cus he moved so slow

But did you see his face
When he was crossing the road?

This wild feeling of freeeeeeeeeedom
Look at him go.
Look at him go.
Look at him go.

Walking to school,
On his own,
He used to fit between
My palm and my elbow.

He still rescues snails
When the autumn rain and wind blows
Moves them from the pavement
To where the grass grows.

This wild feeling of freeeeeeeeeedom
Look at him go.
Look at him go.
Look at him go.

You look like you did on that speedboat ride,
Happy wide eyed, and a little terrified,
Keeping us close, needing to know where we are,
On the wide horizon,
Your very own star.

This wild feeling of freeeeeeeeeedom
Look at him go.
Look at him go.
Look at him go.

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One Comment on “First Day Back at School : Look at Him Go”

  1. Daien Says:

    So beautiful to hear your voice and these poignant lyrics. Thank you for continuing to share the magic of your experiences.


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