I heard the song “Teach Your Children Well” by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young for the first time in ages the other day. The lyrics resonated with me as the parent of three now-adult sons, and five grandchildren…
You, who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so, become yourself
Because the past is just a goodbye.
Teach your children well
Their father’s hell did slowly go by
And feed them on your dreams
The one they pick’s the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them, “Why?”
If they told you, you would cry
So just look at them and sigh
And know they love you.
And you of tender years
Can’t know the fears
That your elders grew by
And so, please help
Them with your youth
They seek the truth
Before they can die
The second verse is for the children, to help them better understand the parenting skills (or lack thereof) of the previous generation.
Teach Your Children Well was released way back in 1970, but the words still apply today, at least I think they do. What do you think?
This is the video, the words sound much better to music…
The tune and lyrics are so catchy and relevant to family life that they are currently being used in a commercial for Sobeys grocery stores.