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Room At The Top Of The Stair

This is very touching – a song written by folk legend, John McCutcheon for his eldest son when he had just graduated from high school.  I encourage you to watch it – especially if you have a son like we do.

Our son is about to graduation – one week from tomorrow and I can relate so much to this song.  The last part is especially humorous to those of you who have adult sons!


There’s a room in our house at the top of the stair
It was empty at first, but we knew you’d be there
The dog got excited the day that you came
Guess he thought you smelled weird and I thought the same
The cries and the changing came every night
Changing me too ‘til I thought that I might
Just stand in the doorway for hours and stare
In that room at the top of the stair

There’s a room in our house at the top of the stair
It was all yours for years, then you had to share
Your calm world was burst by this loud little kid
Who mimicked and learned everything that you did
The games and adventures, the books and the plays
The hours of fantasy went on for days
And I watched in amazement, this most unlikely pair
In that room at the top of the stair

There’s a room in our house at the top of the stair
It was empty one night, we called everywhere
All those demons and danger that lurk in your heart
Slipped in the door and tore us apart
Till we found you at last in another boy’s home
Safe and asleep and forgetting to phone
And I lie awake lost in a pure grateful prayer
In that room at the top of the stair

There’s a room in our house at the top of the stairs
Now the door is shut tight
And the stereo blares
And you mother is worried about your young ears
No one has seen your carpet in years
And the hole in the wall that you made with your first
When the anger of aging was too hard to resist
The long light of love cast its shadow in there
In that room at the top of the stair

There’s a room in our house at the top of the stairs
Now the bed has clean sheets
And the floors are all bare
An acceptable place when folks come to stay
Your brother and you, boxed and move you away
To a duplex apartment just across town
I sit on the bed and as the memories rain down
There’s a whole in my heart, and it’ll always be there
In that room at the top of the stair (X2)


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