Beautiful Boy

Steve and I were browsing our PVR the other night, and came across a movie I had recorded that we both hadn’t seen in a while: Mr. Holland’s Opus. You all remember this one, right? Richard Dreyfuss plays a music teacher at a high school, devoting his life to his music and teaching music, while semi-ignoring his deaf son. (That synopsis sounds horribly depressing, but don’t worry, it has a happy ending.)

Towards the end of the movie, Mr. Holland dedicates the John Lennon song “Beautiful Boy” to his son, and both sings and signs the lyrics to him.  We had both heard the song many times before, but it was the first time we had listened to it, since we had Maxton. The song has a deeper meaning now, and I will do my best to ensure Maxton hears it more than a couple of times in his lifetime.

Close your eyes
Have no fear
The monster’s gone
He’s on the run and your daddy’s here

Chorus:
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It’s getting better and better

Out on the ocean sailing away
I can hardly wait
To see you come of age
But I guess we’ll both just have to be patient
‘Cause it’s a long way to go
A hard row to hoe
Yes it’s a long way to go
But in the meantime

Before you cross the street
Take my hand
Life is what happens to you
While you’re busy making other plans

Chorus

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It’s getting better and better

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Darling, darling, darling

Darling Maxton.

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