Dan Freedman, composer and pianist “…defines the living edge of jazz piano harmony!”

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Laughing Child

(words and music by Dan Freedman)

When I dream, in my dream, I see you playing through a window,
and I look, into your eyes, and see you laughing like the child
you used to be, with your mum and me, you used to play the whole day through.
And though you're grown up now, I see the laughing child in you.



If you look back through the window you will see into my heart.
And you will see, to me you're still my laughing child from years ago.
But I wonder if you know that I lived every day for you,
and in the dream I see myself when I see you.



Isn't it strange, that just a dream can bring me to the verge of tears
Although there's only laughter to be found.
I guess its the way my heart lets me see how much you mean to me,
and this song helps me let you know.



Now its you, who has a child, who I see playing through the window.
I see the joy, in your heart, and it brings it home for me.
Its like a circle in time with no end, it just keeps on going round.
And though you're grown up now, I see the laughing child in you.



(instrumental)



Now its you, who has a child, who I see playing through the window.
I see the joy, in your heart, and it brings it home for me.
Its like a circle in time with no end, it just keeps on going round.
And though you're grown up now, I see the laughing child in you.

And though you're grown up now, I see the laughing child in you.

And though you're grown up now, I see the laughing child in you.



Are you a visual artist?

Dan says: If you are an artist, and would like to donate some images to accompany these lyrics, please drop me a line. I see this song as being about a circle of life. In the first verse, the parent sees the child. In the second, the parent sees himself (or herself) as that child, and in the third (after the instrumental), the parent sees how the child (and grandchild) see him/her. The bridge (just before the instrumental) is about how the song relates all three images of the parent to the now-grown-up child. Anyway, if you feel you can contribute by putting that (or your own impression of the song) into a visual form, I'd love to learn about it.


Are you a singer or a band with a singer?

Dan says: I sound good in the shower, but out of respect for the song, I won't be singing it elsewhere anytime soon. If you are a singer (or band with a singer, etc.) and think you can make this song sound good, please drop me a line and let me know how I can hear it. If I like it, perhaps I can host it for you (or at least provide a link to it) so others can enjoy it too. A big mahalo from Honolulu.