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(song) They Called Him Jim

by Devon E Mattys

They all called him Jim today
No one called him Dad
Honey and Son and Uncle Jim
But no one called him Dad

The pastor called him Jim today
His father held his hand
His wife was sobbing at his side
And his father held his hand

The neighbors called him Jim today
They all shook their heads
No one knew quite what to say
So they all shook their heads

His mother called him Jim today
She laid her flower down
A second grandchild laid to rest
As she laid her flower down


He’ll never read anyone to sleep
He quit the PTA
He’ll never drive anyone to school
So he quit the PTA

1. [Many years have come and gone
They’ve all called him Jim
He’ll never be “Dad” or “Daddy” again
And they all call him Jim]

2. [No one called him Dad again
They all called him Jim
He was Dad for thirteen years
But now they call him Jim]

They’ve called him Jim for fifteen years
No one calls him Dad
Neighbor and Friend and Good Ol’ Jim
But no one calls him Dad

No one calls him Dad
No one calls him Dad


01/01/2005

Author's Note: I don't think this sounds as cheesy as it reads - the words sound much better with the melody - also, please tell me which of the two stanzas work better in the second section

Posted on 01/02/2005
Copyright © 2019 Devon E Mattys

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Allison Smith on 07/15/09 at 02:33 PM

I loved this piece.

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