It’s time again to sing once more
The happy birthday song!
To sing the old year out the door
O new year - come along!
It was today two score and four
Years down the mem’ry lane
A little girl that I adore
Into my heart walked in.
As time flew by and I grew old
She? Oh she grew young!
With eyes that laughed and lips that sang
A song she first time sung!
It was the merry tune of life
Set to the beat of time
As nurs’ry days turned into school
Then uni days came by.
From toddler to a child she grew
Then on to teenage years
Into a woman she has turned
Beat all the odds and fears.
Now bold and strong all poised for flight
She stands with wings stretched wide
Eyes set on far and distant star
She’s chuz on to abide.
And I? I watch her preen with pride
I dare not even blink my eyes
I fear I might just miss the sight
Of when she takes into the skies.
O she must go, I know she must
It’s time’s decree: what must, must be
But I, ‘accustomed to her face’
Now find it hard to set her free.