Anna Clendening – To My Parents

I’m sorry mom and dad
I know I’ve messed up bad
I should’ve, should’ve done, should’ve done better
I’m sorry mom and dad
For all the time I had
To get my life, to get my life together
But I didn’t

1993
You gave birth to me
Sweet little baby girl
Had the world at my feet
Before I could even stand
Cradled me in your right and your left hand
A precious bundle of un-made plans
Hopes and dreams of bigger things
A bright future
So it seemed

But that light grew a little less bright
As I grew up and we began to fight
When I was 13
I was so damn mean
Running away
Had nothing more to say
Than “I hate you”

But that’s not true now
I just don’t, I just don’t, I just don’t know how
To say

I’m sorry mom and dad
I know I’ve messed up bad
I should’ve, should’ve done, should’ve done better
I’m sorry mom and dad
For all the time I had
To get my life, to get my life together
But I didn’t

You never talk about me to your friends
Because you must be so embarrassed
I dropped out of college without any plans
Moved back home, I couldn’t even pay rent
I was living on your couch
Trying to figure it out
Cutting myself up
Tearing myself down

I’m sorry mom and dad
I know I’ve messed up bad
I should’ve, should’ve done, should’ve done better
I’m sorry mom and dad
For all the time I had
To get my life, to get my life together
But I didn’t

I’m sorry that I couldn’t buy you that house upon the hill
Or take care of all your medical bills
I know I didn’t make you proud
I should’ve been someone by now
But I never figured out how

I’m sorry that I couldn’t buy you that house upon the hill
Or take care of all your medical bills
I know I didn’t make you proud
I should’ve been someone by now
But I never figured out how

I’m sorry mom and dad
I know I’ve messed up bad
I should’ve, should’ve done, should’ve done better
I’m sorry mom and dad
For all the time I had
To get my life, to get my life together

I’m sorry mom and dad
I know I’ve messed up bad
I should’ve, should’ve done, should’ve done better
I’m sorry mom and dad
For all the time I had
To get my life, to get my life together
But I didn’t

Sincerely, your daughter

Updated: 23 February 2018 — 00:40

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