From the recording Driving Him Away
This song is about my son Austin. I wrote it just before he headed off to college up the California coast.
Heading north on Highway 101 Off to college with my first-born son He is talking about his mom He guesses she will feed the cats now that he is gone But we don’t talk about the way we feel I keep my grip just holding on to the wheel And I am driving him away And this is right and this is life And this is what we hope and pray But something’s dying in me anyway We used to wrestle on the parlor floor I’d let him win and he would yell for more Now he’s grown tall and full of quiet grace But I still see my little boy in his handsome face And though I know the time has come for him to leave He is still so dear to me I can’t believe I am driving him away And this is right and this is life And this is what we hope and pray But something’s dying in me anyway As I am driving him away So bittersweet is a father’s pride As he takes his biggest step I must try to step aside And I am driving him away. Heading north on highway 101 Off to college with my first-born son.