• Patrick Patton

New Original Song - Hard Knock School





Here's another brand new original song for you guys! I say brand new because I haven't put it out there for everyone to hear until now, but it's a song I wrote about three years back. The original lyrics said "thirteen years", not "sixteen years", but as time goes on, I find myself just updating that line as I play it. It's pretty self-explanatory, but it's a song I wrote to celebrate my marriage and to reflect on all God's given my family and me. This is a very personal song to me, so maybe this is a good time for me to share a few personal notes...


My wife Andrea and I got married at nineteen years old, and while our immediate family was supportive (although visibly nervous and unsure), we did face a ton of skepticism and scoffing from all around us, especially kids our own age who just couldn't understand it.


On my honeymoon, my wife and I went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where one of the most memorable events from our trip was riding horses through the jungle.


At my wedding, I was unexpectedly forced in front of a microphone and made to play a song for the audience, so I played a song I wrote for Andrea called "Roses".


When I was small, my late Great Grandma Bonnie used to tell me that she was going to put a brick on my head to stop me from growing so quickly.


When I was in eighth grade, my family moved. I was at a new high school with new friends, and I really missed my old life. I did make new friends, some of whom I am still very close with, but at that time I still missed my old friends—one girl in particular. In my junior year of high school, I went through a phase where I really wanted to move back to my hometown of Moorpark. I even invited the aforementioned girl to my junior prom, and she was my date. My heart was set on moving, and my parents didn't like it, but were considering letting me move in with my grandma to attend my senior year in Moorpark. Through all of this, something in my gut was telling me it wasn't right.

I prayed, and I prayed like I never had in my life, and I prayed that God would send me a girl who loved the Lord as much as I did. In the days following that time of intense prayer, I met my wife Andrea. We became best friends very, very quickly. That was 2003, and we're still best friends. Even then, it was immediately clear to me that she was a direct answer to my prayers. Praise God for answering my prayers and bringing me the best thing that ever happened to me!


Well, there you have it! Here's the song and I included the lyrics below. Enjoy!



Lyrics:


When I picture you in Mexico it feels like a lifetime ago,

Riding through the jungles

Just a child, I was a child too, and everyone around us knew,

but already we were one soul,


So we rented tents and tables, And believed in every fable,

And I fell like petals into you,

And I played for you a song I wrote Where I compared you to a rose,

What a childish thing to do…


Well this hard knock school Really isn’t all that hard,

If I could keep my cool, If you could take some heart,

It’s been sixteen years now Since we said our vows.

God bless this house, And may He feed our mouths.


When I hear our children talking To each other from the other room,

My heart fills to capacity,

And I watch as they go off to school And grow out of hugs when they’re too cool,

Oh, the Bard ne’er penned such tragedy.


Oh, no, no! I need a brick, So I can put it on your head

Just like my Grandma Bonnie said, and I know...

Oh, I know that time moves quick! One minute they’re both in my lap, then

I can’t figure out what happened.


Well this hard knock school Really isn’t all that hard,

If you can keep your cool, If I could take some heart,

It’s been sixteen years now Since we said our vows.

God bless this house, And may He feed our mouths.


Yeah we made a few mistakes, And I’ve fallen on my face,

There’s no way around it.

But I won’t get upset, Let’s just throw back our heads,

And just laugh about it.


Can’t we just about it?


Well this hard knock school It really isn’t all that hard,

If I can keep my cool, If you can take some heart,

Oh, It’s been sixteen years now Since we said our vows.

God bless this house, And may He feed our mouths.


When I tried leaving town, I turned around and you were there.

In my time of doubt, You were an answer to my prayer,

And in the coming years, I want to make it count.

As for me and my house, We’ll make a joyful sound.

For we once were lost, Oh, but now we’re found.

God bless this house, And may He feed our mouths.


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