I Sure Would Do It Again

from by Doug Smestad

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Mr. Smestad wrote this track about the time he had with his wife and children growing up and dealing with loss. If given the chance, Smes sings, he would do it all again.

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These days I sit and think a lot alone
'bout the times well spent and times spent far from home
But the things that I remember the most of all
Turn out to be the simplest and small

Baking cookies to see you smile
Sit and hold my hand a while
And if I thought I could I sure would do it again
Singing songs to help you sleep
Holding you when you weep
And you know that I would love to do it again

When we were young we were so very poor
Second hand carpeting covering the floor
But winter's cold was given quite a lift
When January brought a special gift

Diaper pails and sleepless nights
Working hard to raise you right
And if I thought I could, I sure would do it again
Singing songs to help you sleep
Holding you when you weep
And you know that I would love to do it again

Singing songs in the car on a trip
Hoping little E will stay asleep
Asking me just how far we have to go
But it's a long, long way to Buffalo

Hoping there to change our fate
Back to school and working late
But if I had the chance, I sure would do it again
Singing songs to help you sleep
Holding you when you weep
And you know that I would love to do it again

Our boys are quickly turning into men
Toys are gone, oh it was so easy then
What they need now is much harder to give
For what they want is freedom to live

Games and plays and grades are due
Chores are many and pleasures few
But if I had the chance, I sure would do it again

Singing songs to help you sleep
Holding you when you weep
And if I had the chance, I'd love to do it again

My life was changed when you went away
The color of my world was cold and grey
Standing, crying by your bedside
Thinking that the best of me had died

But friends and family came to me
Showed me hope and tranquility
And if I had the chance, I sure would thank them again
Singing songs to help me sleep
Holding me when I weep
And if I had the chance, I'd love to thank them again

The year's have passed the boys and I survive
Life's pleasures and life's pain they seem to thrive
I think of you every now and then
I know that you're smiling at us again
Baking cookies to see you smile
Sit and hold my hand awhile
And if I thought I could, I sure would do it again
Singing songs to help you sleep
Holding you when you weep
And you know that I would love to do it again

If I had the chance I sure would do it again
Oh you that I would love to do it again

credits

from The Chance, released March 24, 2015
Douglas Smestad
Ethan Smestad

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