December 26, 2013

I liked you better Deaf!

“That’s going to be an internet classic.”

My Dad, who has been hard of hearing for about as long as I can remember, recently invested in hearing aids. My brother wrote him this song for Christmas: “I Liked You Better Deaf” (video)”

Lyrics, so those who are deaf can enjoy:

There used to be a time, it was rather recently

When I’d play something on the stereo

And mother would say “Danny turn that down”

And you’d say, “it’s already very low”

Seemed that I could always count on you

To come and take my side

When I’d set the volume up at 62

And someone else wanted it at 35

But since you found out that your ears are micable

I have to say it’s made you just a touch less likeable

You never used to know the difference ‘tween the bass and treble clef

And it isn’t hard to tell you that I like you better deaf

It used to be if I’d run out of anything to say

I could just mumble and you’d usually go away

It used to be what I was bringing to the conversation

Was subject to a wider range of your interpretation

But now I see

That I must be

Living in a nightmare, why it’s every son’s worst fear

To have a dad forever clad with supersonic ears

And I don’t mean to tell you that I love you any less

But there’s no doubt about it that I liked you better deaf

If I had once forgot to tell you something, say a chord I hadn’t struck

Like, “The mail’s arrived” “I owe you five” “Run away” or “Duck!”

Once I could have played it off without blood sweat or tears

“I told you that,” I’d tell you, and you’d blame it on your ears

It once was undetectable but now it’s ineffectual

The odds are insurmountable and I am held accountable

And you never would’ve noticed if I swore under my breath

Now I don’t have to shout to say I liked you better deaf

See now I’ve reached a point where it’s hard to make a rhyme

But the song needs another verse to reach a fitting time

And if I had been writing it for old deaf dad

I might have left a phrase or two… unfinished

But only the best for you and your new hearing

You will find that every rhyme is aurally endearing

And I’m afraid that now you’ve left me lyrically bereft

But I only need five words to say I liked you better deaf


Relephant bonus:

Hearing for the First Time. {Videos}

And, the Sound the Fury:


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