Father's Day

by Rico Pabón

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One night while tucking my son into bed, we were playing a game. "I love you more than peanut butter loves jelly," I told him. "I love you more than the sea loves the moon," he responds, then asks, "Papi, what is your favorite song?" Without giving it a thought, I responded "Your laughter is my favorite song." He giggled and hugged me. "I love you, Papi." "I love you to, papito." And there you have it; the birth of this song "Father's Day." What made your father or grandfather a special person to you? How did their presence in your life help to shape you?

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Early one morning as I opened my eyes
your mami kissed me with a smile and said she had a surprise
Her skin aglow like the sunshine
It was like I was seeing her for the very first time, the way her beauty made my heart rate climb
She said excitedly, but quietly "Papi, are you ready? 'Cause we are so in love that love is growing in my belly."
And that love that she spoke of was you!
Our first baby born, more than just a dream come true
And only nine months of waiting, amazing how much you grew,
and me and mami too, 'cause all of this was something new
It was just us two and now our family's expanding, we're planning your birth
and you came like an angel from heaven descended to Earth
And I felt my chest burst, a love I never knew existed,
a miracle in flesh, yes, a natural mystic
I drowned in tears of joy
Look at my baby boy!
And when you turned your head because you recognized the sound of my voice
with your eyes open wide locked on mine, I was awed
I realized this was the closest I'd ever been to seeing God
It's hard to believe that your sweet old soul chose me
I'm honored to be your papi
now every day is Father's Day

Your smile is my sun
your love is my breath
your laughter is my favorite song
Just to see you shine
I dedicate my life
Your laughter is my favorite song

And I remember staring at you in amazement as you slept
and there was no feeling better than when you were sleeping on my chest
and when you first said "papi", better believe that I wept
and I still remember how I felt when you took your very first steps
Yes, there are so many memories that my heart will not forget and no regrets
every day you make me feel so blessed
But you grow too fast!
I'd slow down time if it were up to me
yet I'm so proud of the young man you're growing up to be
You're sweet, sensitive, funny, strong, kind and loyal
and any injustice makes your blood boil.
Boy, I wouldn't change you for the world
you're the beat of my heart
and son, your laughter is my favorite song, God's perfect work of art
So, I promise to make you smile and to just let you be a child
to guide, protect and respect and always go the extra mile
'Cause even when I' tired, I'm never tired of you
My first baby born, more than just a dream come true
Now every day is Father's Day

Your smile is my sun
your love is my breath
your laughter is my favorite song
Just to see you shine
I dedicate my life
Your laughter is my favorite song

These words inspired by my first born I wrote for the fathers
who don't just plant seeds and leave but they feed and raise them like farmers
until they're fully flowered
I'm talking fathers with sons and daughters who teach them how to respect themselves now so that they feel empowered
and so they feel perfect the way that they are
fathers who reach out for their kids and teach them to reach for the stars
All of the papi's at the playgrounds and the single dads who are putting it down
and the fathers who grew up without their own fathers around
Man, we're freestyling, with no example to follow,
and it feels great to break the chains and build a better tomorrow!
For all the diapers we change until they're finally potty trained
and the late nights holding them tight while they cry through their growing pains
for every band aid, scrape and sprain
for every bed time story that you ever told them even though you were completely drained
It is for you that I've penned this dedication
Much love and appreciation and you deserve a vacation
'cause every day is Father's Day!

Your smile is my sun
your love is my breath
your laughter is my favorite song
Just to see you shine
I dedicate my life
Your laughter is my favorite song

I know sometimes it feels like time is moving slow
until you stumble across that old photo that shows how much they've grown
and when the past comes flashing back you feel sad
that those days are long gone when all they wanted was dad
So tuck them in at night,
hold them tight,
never let them out of your sight,
teach them to do what's right and not what other people might
Let them know that the most important things don't have a price
And your presence is the only gift that they'll carry with them all their life
Every day is Father's Day

Your smile is my sun
your love is my breath
your laughter is my favorite song
Just to see you shine
I dedicate my life
Your laughter is my favorite song

credits

released June 17, 2015
Featuring Kenny Washington
Darian Gray - Drums
Ayla Davila - Bass
Camilo Landau - Guitar
Maya Kronfeld - Keyboards
Anthony Blea - Violin
Isaac Peña - Trumpet

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Rico Pabón, Prophets Of Rage Oakland, California

www.ricopabon.com
In the studio or on stage, the Puerto Rican bilingual musician known as Rico Pabón is a man of many genres, and although hip hop is the music of his generation, he chooses to draw the connections between the traditional music he heard growing up at home and the music he danced to in the streets of the SF Bay Area, Jamaica Plains and New York. ... more

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