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