Daughter of Mine: A Song for Reconciling with Childlessness

A song I wrote after my wife and I realized we could not become parents, through medical means or adoption.


Daughter of Mine

Intro:
Like Hannah, leaning at the wall
Lips move, no sound comes at all
People passing think I'm drunk, or just a basket case
A million babies in the world,
Can't You save me just one?
I'm waiting for you to show me some of Your storied grace

Verse:
Daughter of mine, I would rock you to sleep
And sing you songs to keep your dreaming only sweet
Daughter of mine, I would hold your hand
While you learned to stand upon your own two feet

Chorus:
Oh, daughter of mine, if you were only mine
I'd love you and I'd keep you safe for as long as I could
Oh, daughter of mine, if you were only mine
I'd hold you here within my heart until the end of time

Verse:
Daughter of mine, I would wipe away your tears
When your first kiss walked out the door and took your heart along
Daughter of mine, I would help you face your fears,
Show you where to find some courage, teach you how to be strong

Chorus:
Oh, daughter of mine, if you were only mine
I'd love you and I'd keep you safe for as long as I could
Oh, daughter of mine, if you were only mine
I'd hold you here within my heart until the end of time

Break:
Many days I prayed that you might come my way
And many nights I'd fall asleep on a pillow wet with tears
But with each passing year, the truth became more clear
Because sometimes silence is the only answer

Verse:
Daughter of mine, you were not meant to be
Life has given me another task, and places I must see
Daughter of mine, I must say goodnight for now
And hope you'll hear sweet lullabies in another's arms somehow

Chorus:
Oh, daughter of mine, if you were only mine
I'd love you and I'd keep you safe for as long as I could
Oh, daughter of mine, if you were only mine
I'd hold you here within my heart until the end of time


Copyright Dec. 2013, Beth Hamon

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