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Dear Ivan Lyrics By Jimmy Dean

    dear daughter i tiptoed in your room tonight and i looked down at
    you smilin’ in your sleep you were so lovely my heart nearly broke
    and i thought how much like sleeping beauty a little girl is when i
    tuck you in at night i never know how old you’ll be when you wake one
    evening you crawl on your dad’s lap and throw your arms around his neck
    the next morning you might be much too grown up for that sort of thing

    you’re so quickly approaching the awkward age too young to drive the
    car and yet too old to be carried in the house half asleep on daddy’s
    shoulder i have a secret that i’ve never told you sleeping beauty
    you’re going on a very exciting trip you’ll travel from yesterday all
    the way to tomorrow it’s a rapid journey and you’ll travel light
    leaving behind you measles mumps freckles bumps bubble gum and me

    i promise not to feel too hurt when you discover that the world is more
    important than your daddy’s lap yesterday you were blue jeans and pig tails
    the neighborhood’s best tree climber tomorrow you’ll be blue organdy and
    pony tails and you’ll view the world from a loftier perch a pair of high
    heel shoes

    yesterday you could mend a doll’s broken leg with a hug tomorrow you’ll
    be able to break a young man’s heart with a kiss humh humh yesterday you
    could get lost one aisle away from me at a supermarket now i have to worry
    about losing you down another aisle to some strange young man you see
    just at the point where you’re growing pains stop mine begins yesterday
    you were kind of a pain in the neck when you were around tomorrow you’ll
    be an ache in my heart when your not

    tomorrow you’ll lay aside your jump rope and tie up the telephone lines
    and that little boy that used to push you in the mud well he’ll fight to
    sit out a dance with you the clock is countin’ the minutes for you and the
    sky upstairs is savin’ its’ brighest stars and the sun is waitin’ with
    its’ shiniest day

    oh i i can’t expect you to live in a doll house forever sooner or later
    the butterfly sheds it’s cocoon and the smallest bird must try its wings
    but when you grow up and out of my arms when you finally get too big for my
    shirts i’ll still recall how you used to scatter dust and dolls and partially
    through every room in the house but you spread sunshine too the dust is
    settled your mom picked up the dolls but the sunshine will always fill
    the corners of our hearts

    so here i am talking in your sleep because well if you saw this look on
    my face you’d laugh and if i spoke with this lump in my throat i’d cry
    yea honey when i looked at you tonight you were a sleeping beauty so i
    tiptoed over and i kissed you you didn’t wake up i knew you wouldn’t
    according to the legend only the handsome young prince can open your eyes
    and i’m just the father of the future bride

    so you sleep on pretty thing tomorrow you’ll wake and you’ll be a young
    lady and you won’t even realize that you’ve changed courses in the middle
    of a dream but you might notice a little change in me i’ll look a little
    different somehow a little sadder a little wiser but a whole lot richer
    tonight i kissed a princess and i feel like a king

    Artist: Jimmy Dean

    Year: 1961

    Decade: 60s

    Language: en

    Word Count: 303