Crimes and Sins

I was born to my grandparents in 1958

My mother was just a child, it seemed she could not wait

I was happy and free raised with a gentle hand

Then my momma got married seemed all hell began

He had black hair and brown eyes he was a Chippewa

With my blond hair and blue eyes he could not be my pa

Abused and neglected I held my head in shame

And I lived my life through tearful eyes and i never knew my name

What we have done to our children is what they will become

I only know my childhood as living on the run

The sins of the mothers we mirror in our eyes

But the crimes of the fathers we keep buried down inside

When I was just thirteen my ma said go ahead and go

I can’t keep you here it isn’t fair to me don’t you know

I can’t help you I can’t save you i don’t know where you belong

I never did look back I knew my childhood was gone

Well i spent my whole life a thinking that I was to blame

For the guilt and the anguish of my mothers pain

But it is my two children and husband I adore

That taught me what a family is and I don’t run no more

What we have done to our children is what they will become

I only know my childhood as living on the run

The sins of the mothers we mirror in our eyes

But the crimes of the fathers we keep buried down inside

Oh the crimes of the fathers we keep buried down inside

Words and Music by Tess Barr

Vocals Tess Barr

Guitars and Bass Sid Ordoyne

Drums Jeff Minnick

Pedal Steel Guitar Rick Hulett

Recorded and Mixed by Sid Ordoyne

“I first wrote this song after having my 2 children, Otis and Chyna.
It was the most difficult song that I’ve ever written.”

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