There are times to remember and times that I wish to forget Our time together was tinged with love and regret Oh my girl, my sweet, sweet little girl
Didn't I try to tell ya That life was for living Oh, didn't I? And wasn't I the guy who said Stay away from that tribe Oh, wasn't I? And didn't I try to tell ya That stuff's gonna kill ya Oh, didn't I? But you thought it was cool And I was just an old fool Oh, look at ya
You left home for the city with Hollywood stars in your eyes Now your mother God bless her cries herself to sleep every night Oh my girl, my sweet, innocent girl
Didn't I search the streets For the biggest pimps and cheats Oh, didn't I? And didn't I try to guide ya To a baptism of fire Oh, didn't I? And didn't I try to warn ya 'Bout that folk in California Oh, didn't I? But you said daddy, please, don't worry I got friends out there who love me Now look at ya
Oh baby come back home, we can work this out There is no blame I wanna hold you close and stroke your hair And share your pain, yeah
Didn't I do the best for you Try to make you stay in school Didn't I? Once I was your hero But I went from 10 to zero Oh, didn't I? For a roll on the dice To really pay the ultimate price Oh, didn't ya? Now I stand by your bedside Watching you fight for your life
Where's the innocence? Where's the future? Where's the beauty? Where's the promise?
There are times to remember And times that I wish to forget