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When I Was a Child

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A song about the difference of viewing the world through the eyes of a child and how I viewed it after growing up and going through hardships in my adult life.

The imagery from the child's view, though simple, still rings true for me today. Memories of a deep blue sky as it contrasts with the dark green of a pine tree, catching fireflies in mason jars at dusk, the overall feeling of freedom and discovery.....it's all still with me.

We all go through different things in life, both good and bad but in the basic sense of things we are still all very much the same. there is always something good that you can find about childhood even if yours was a bad one....all you have to do is look with the eyes of a child again.

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WHEN I WAS A CHILD
Words and Music by David Allen Slater / BMI
Copyright © 2007 by David Allen Slater

WHEN I WAS A CHILD
MAN I FELT SO FREE
THE SKY WAS SO MUCH BLUER
A DEEPER GREEN WAS IN THEM TREES

CATCHIN' FIREFLIES ON A SUMMER NIGHT
YEAH MY LIFE WAS JUST SO FINE
WHEN I WAS A CHILD
I DREAMED THAT I COULD FLY

Chorus:
AND I CAN SEE THE LIGHT TODAY
SHININ' DOWN UPON MY FACE YEAH
MAKES THE PAIN GO AWAY
YOU SAY I'M JUST A FOOL TO CARE
OH BUT YOU DON'T KNOW ME WELL, NO
EVEN THOUGH WE'RE JUST THE SAME

WHEN I WAS A CHILD
MAN I FELT SO TALL
YOU COULDN"T TELL ME NOTHIN'
NO SIR I KNEW IT ALL

DOIN' THINGS I KNEW I SHOULDN'T DO
SOME THINGS DON'T EVER CHANGE
WHEN I WAS A CHILD
I BET YOU KNEW MY NAME

End Chorus
AND I CAN SEE THE LIGHT TODAY
SHININ' DOWN UPON MY FACE YEAH
MAKES THE PAIN GO AWAY
YOU SAY I'M JUST A FOOL TO CARE
OH BUT YOU DON'T KNOW ME WELL, NO
EVEN THOUGH WE'RE JUST THE SAME

AND I CAN SEE THE LIGHT TODAY
SHININ' DOWN UPON MY FACE YEAH
MAKES THE PAIN GO AWAY
YOU SAY I'M JUST A FOOL TO CARE
OH BUT YOU DON'T KNOW ME WELL, NO
EVEN THOUGH WE'RE JUST THE SAME

(Spoken)
YEAH GET IT NOW...

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from Influenced, released August 15, 2009

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David Allen Slater Ringgold, Georgia

David Allen Slater is a multi-talented singer/songwriter, who successfully released his self-produced debut CD, Influenced, on August 15, 2009

David's music has been promoted by Windows7, Signal Radio FM, Acoustic Alternative Radio, Chicago's own The Edge On Air and Alternate Revolt Magazine & 42 guitar compilation CD's. He is currently working on a new CD.
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