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The Song Every Parent Should Dedicate to Their Children

alex atkins bookshelf musicWe live in such troubling and tempest-tossed times. Young children, bewildered and scared, look up to their parents, searching for security and solace. As a parent, what can you possibly say? At times like this, there are four magic words that a parent can utter: “I’ll Keep You Safe.”

“I’ll Keep You Safe” is the title of a song written by Ryan O’Neal, founder of the band Sleeping at Last. The song appears on their debut album, Ghosts, released in 2003. The song really touches your heart: it’s beautiful melody and tender lyrics convey the profound feelings and intentions of every parent who wants to instinctively protect his or her child: “I’ll keep you safe… Don’t be afraid/ Our mistakes they were bound to be made/ But I promise you I’ll keep you safe.” The song resonates with parents deeply on its own, but certainly in the context of the coronavirus crisis, its reassuring message takes on deeper meaning. 

Take a moment today and gather your children around you and listen to this song as a family. Say to them: “If I were a songwriter/musician this is the song that I would write for you, to sustain you during dark, difficult times. When you hear it, think of me and know that you are never alone. My love will keep you safe.” The link for the song appears at the end of the lyrics.

“I’ll Keep You Safe” by Ryan O’Neal

I’ll keep you safe
Try hard to concentrate
Hold out your hand
Can you feel the weight of it
The whole world at your fingertips
Don’t be, don’t be afraid
Our mistakes they were bound to be made
But I promise you I’ll keep you safe

You’ll be an architect
So pull up your sleeves
And build a new silhouette
In the skylines up ahead
Don’t be, don’t be afraid
Our mistakes they were bound to be made
But I promise you I’ll keep you safe
I’ll keep you safe

And darkness will be rewritten
Into a work of fiction, you’ll see
As you pull on every ribbon
You’ll find every secret it keeps
The sound of the branches breaking under your feet
The smell of the falling and burning leaves
The bitterness of winter or the sweetness of spring
You are an artist
And your heart is your masterpiece
And I’ll keep it safe

Dismiss the invisible
By giving it shape
Like a clockmaker fixes time
By keeping the gears in line
Don’t be, don’t be afraid
God knows that mistakes will be made
But I promise you I’ll keep you safe

As you build up your collection
Of pearls that you pulled from the deep
A landscape more beautiful
Than anything that I’ve ever seen
The sound of the branches breaking under your feet
The smell of the falling and burning leaves
The bitterness of winter or the sweetness of spring
You are an artist
And your heart is your masterpiece
And I’ll keep it safe

Listen to it here.

Let me know what you think of the song.

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