(Mary Perrin)

I started out as a child

you started out as you

and followed me too

in all the troubled times

that I led you through

but even in the crying times

I think you always knew

that I was smiling too

because I loved you


and as I came to be

you taught me to be me

and gave me love so I could give

to those who needed me

and if I made just one child happy

then I was happy too

and you were happy three

because you loved me


and now my time has come

to be what I must be

and as the space between us grows

a tear runs down my cheek

but turning round

I see you smile

and so I smile too

and sing this song to thank you

because I love you