This is taken partially from a poem by Aileen Fitzpatrick (Man-Child).
My dad had hand copied it on the back of a sheet from the State Bank of Latham
calendar and was hanging in the basement of our old home place, Garrison’s Tree
Farm, Rural Route One, Mt Pulaski, IL
How Hard it is to Let Him Go
© By: Verne Garrison (040705) Valley Park, Mo
Banjo bdgbd (fifth string spiked to b) play Key E
(E) Fold his childhood in your heart
With (A) life before him, he’s embarked.
To the (E) world–of (B) men.
Hold your love for him (E) apart
(A) Don’t let it (E) show,
(E) Don’t let him (B) know
(B) How hard it is to let him (E) go.
(E) Keep his childhood tucked away
Give your (A) love room to grow
(E) He must grow apart from (B) you-
(E) If your love but give him room
He will (A) find it very soon.---
(E) he doesn’t really go (E) away
if he’s never pressed to (B) stay.
So never let him (E) know;
(E) How hard it (B) is to let him (E) go.
(E) How hard it (B) is to let him (E) go