By the wisdom in my child's eyes
Merely six years, but she knows
What happiness is, what pain is,
She's seen more than I ever cared to show her
But she loves her daddy just the same.
By the disgust in my child's eyes
A girl of seventeen, and not yet a woman
She's grown up way too fast for me
With violence at her bedroom door
And she hates him more than ever.
Of the forgiveness in my child's eyes
Twenty-five, her daddy's gone
And only memories of smiles and bruises,
Yelling fits and trips to the zoo remain,
But she loves him just the same."