Mike Silver - Not For You


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'This is me giving myself some advice about how to leave my daughter in peace to make her own decisions.
Fathers and daughters. I have no experience of sons but have no doubt that these will have at least a few similarities? When I was growing up there was no doubt at all that as far as me and my three brothers were concerned, Dad said how it was going to be and that is how it was. He was not in our lives to ‘take questions’ about any of his opinions. I was a late comer so my brothers would all say that I got an easy ride compared to their experience. I expect they are right. However, laying down the law to my own child, as my Dad had done was a role that I very mistakenly thought that I would simply assume. It only worked for a short while. Teenage years came along and there was brief period when the ‘back and forth’ became a bit stressful but eventually eased off. As she embarked on her personal relationships there were number of occasions when I wanted to step in but fortunately for me, after giving the matter considerable thought I arrived at the conclusion that although I was part of my daughter’s life, that did not mean that would be allowed to or in fact should, remain in control of it in any way at all. I was only there to help; if needed. She was her own person (always will be) and more than capable of making her own choices. I wound my neck in and hoped. The fact that she eventually engaged with me, of her own volition on the subject which generated this song and discussed it with me at length makes me incredibly proud of her. Also, I am pleased that I managed to keep my mouth firmly closed when everything inside me was yelling a loud and infuriated NO!'

Recorded by Sean Taylor, Newcastle-on-Tyne for Faymus Recordings 2012.
Produced by Mike Silver. Re mastered by Lauren Deakin Davies


Not For You

© Faymusic Publishing Written and composed by Mike Silver

This bird has flown she’s gone to try her wings
So soft and clear she sings it
Don’t say you didn’t know
This bird has flown

This is that time one foot on the winding road
Shoes are tied in walking bows
Its not for you to mind
This is that time

If you think it through there’s nothing very much to say
She wouldn’t hear it anyway
She’s just the same as you
If you think it through

Some day she may return but only time will tell
And you may have to wait a long long time
If she comes back you need to know
She will not fly into your arms
Like she did as a child

She’s in full bloom colours brighter than the sun
She’s found her only one
Its not for you to choose
She’s in full bloom

This bird has flown
If you think through
She’s in full bloom

Guitar and vocal: Mike


from Mike Silver - Alchemy, released March 26, 2019


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Folkstock Records UK

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Most engineering, mixing and mastering by Lauren Deakin Davies.
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