From the recording Sins of the Father

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The sad story of one man's childhood

Lyrics

THAT’S THE WAY (WE DID)
© 2018 Richard Bruce Eells

Why’d you have to leave, ma – I didn’t do no wrong.
Why’d you have to leave, ma – I didn’t do no wrong.
I’m gonna tell on you, ma – tell it in a song.
That’s The Way I do, ma – That’s The Way I do

Why’d you give my bro away – why’d he grow up right?
Why’d you give my bro away – why’d he grow up right?
He was raised by parents who didn’t have to fight
That’s The Way it’s done, son – That’s The Way it’s done.

This is gonna hurt me, son – more than it hurts you
This is gonna hurt me, son – more than it hurts you
Why’d you have to beat me, dad – I was just a kid?
That’s The Way We Did, son – That’s The Way We Did.

That’s The Way We Did, son – That’s The Way We Did
That’s The Way We Did, son – That’s The Way We Did
Raised our kids the way we was raised, and kept our secrets hid
That’s The Way We Did, son – That’s The Way We Did

Why’d you have to die, dad – why’d you have to die?
Why’d you have to die, dad – why’d you have to die?
You cheated and you lied, step-mom shot you till you died
That’s the way you died, dad – That’s The Way you died

Why am I alone, Lord – why am I alone?
Why am I alone, Lord – why am I alone?
Mom and dad they left me, Lord – left me all alone
That’s why I’m alone, Lord – that’s why I’m alone