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A Child Doesn’t Last

Love your little babies

Tender, sweet and pure

Tomorrow’s comin’ fast now

This I know for sure


A child doesn’t last

They grow up way too fast

Turn around and they’re singing your song

Cryin’ toothaches and bubbles

Now it’s heartaches and troubles

You know a child doesn’t stay young for long

They’ll playin’ in the daylight

doin’ homework on school nights

Now it’s out every night on the town

And you ask yourself so hard …

Did you use every right card?

Did you teach them to stay safe and be sound?

Did you teach them what’s right?

Did you hold them real tight?

Do they know that you love ’em for life?

Watch your boys and your girls

Discover love in this world

Watch ’em grow to be honest and strong

And you’ll never stop lovin’

Your creation from heaven

Even if they make some choices wrong

Just be there when they need you

And hope that they heed you

Pick ’em up when they come to you down

When they fall out of love

Start your searchin’ above

Give ’em strength that they need to rebound

Always try to remember

Every storm that you weather

Only helps ’em win further along

For a child doesn’t last

They grow up way too fast

Turn around and they’re singing your song

So try and make moments last

And remember the past

Through the love of a beautiful song

© Copyright 2009 Timothy Alexander Donnelly


Relevant Scripture

New Testament

Matt. 19: 14But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Old Testament

Josh. 24: 15And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Book Of Mormon

Mosiah 1: 2-5 “And it came to pass that he had three sons; and he called their names Mosiah, and Helorum, and Helaman. And he caused that they should be taught in all the language of his fathers, that thereby they might become men of understanding; and that they might know concerning the prophecies which had been spoken by the mouths of their fathers, which were delivered them by the hand of the Lord.

(3) And he also taught them concerning the records which were engraven on the plates of brass, saying: My sons, I would that ye should remember that were it not for these plates, which contain these records and these commandments, we must have suffered in ignorance, even at this present time, not knowing the mysteries of God.

(4) For it were not possible that our father, Lehi, could have remembered all these things, to have taught them to his children, except it were for the help of these plates; for he having been taught in the language of the Egyptians therefore he could read these engravings, and teach them to his children, that thereby they could teach them to their children, and so fulfilling the commandments of God, even down to this present time.

(5) I say unto you, my sons, were it not for these things, which have been kept and preserved by the hand of God, that we might read and understand of his mysteries, and have his commandments always before our eyes, that even our fathers would have dwindled in unbelief, and we should have been like unto our brethren, the Lamanites, who know nothing concerning these things, or even do not believe them when they are taught them, because of the traditions of their fathers, which are not correct.”

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Sunshyne1975 6 years ago from California, US

Great lyrics. So beautiful. Love it!

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you Sunshyne. I am so happy you have appreciated this ballad. If I were a musician, I would have had music to go with it! In any case, if the seemed melody doesn't strike a chord, the story may ring a bell - and remind people of the fleeting time children generally have with their parents. Thank you for your gracious feedback.

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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

Wonderful. Brought tears to my eyes. I often wonder ´where did the time go?.. zoom.... ´ from diapers to wedding bells in a flash.

When my 1st chid was born l was overwhelmed with love, and read a quote....¨l am merely the temrorary protector of her helplessness¨... It upset me terribly at the time , because I´d just given birth to this baby who was MINE., yet l could see the quote was a true one.

Thank you for all your work. Take care, Dim x

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You are welcome Dim, and thank you. The quote that you have brought forward is much appreciated. You know Dim, when you speak of being overwhelmed with love, it reminds me of how the Lord pours out and shares His blessings, even so much that our hearts and lives are not big enough to contain them, even though we might treasure each passing experience so much so that we temporarily grieve them moving out of our grasp. I remember reading some literature a while back which suggested that if a child protests too much about having to share their toys (for example), it may be that they have just not had enough time to digest the fact that the toy's (or whatever) ownership remains part of their title, until they alone are ready to offer it to whomever else. Of course, it is more difficult to share cookies than toys; but the fact of the matter is that gifts given away of the (child/adult) owner's own volition will someday return as an equal or larger blessing.

Thanks again Dim for visiting and commenting; I love to have you around.

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, this is so true, and the lyrics where fantastic, I really loved it, cheers nell

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Nell, good to see you again! Thanks for the comment, and I 'm glad you loved this ballad. I think that as the years pass we realize the true brevity of it all, making children (and time) all the more precious.

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