They say boys don't cry.

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But your dad has shed a lot of tears.

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They say I should be a strong man.

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But baby, I'm still filled with fear.

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Sometimes I don't know who I am.

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Sometimes I question why I'm here.

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I just wanna be a good dad. Will I be? I have no idea.

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They say girls shouldn't be tough.

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And moms should raise their kids at home.

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But baby, I know that that isn't true 'cause your mama's the toughest person I know.

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I wanna raise you to be like her.

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And watch you show the world how to do it on your own.

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I'm still tryna figure out who I am.

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I don't wanna mess this up or do this wrong.

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I'm gonna be there for your first breath,

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I don't know if I'll be there for your first step.

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I can promise you that I'll try to work less.

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But the tour's routed,

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and I got this album. Put in so many hours,

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and I just want the outcome to be something that I can look back and I can be proud of.

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Don't wanna be a dad that's living in FaceTime.

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But I've got a world to sing to and you at the same time.

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I won't spoil you, you can trust that. For your sweet sixteen, you get a bus pass.

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Had your heart broken? Been there, done that.

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I love you and I can't give you enough of that.

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Get back to community that raised you up, read Langston Hughes, I suggest "A Raisin in the Sun".

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Listen to Sam Cooke, a change gon' come.

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You put the work in, don't worry about the praise, my love.

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Don't try to change the world, find something that you love and do it every day.

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Do that for the rest of your life.

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And eventually, the world will change.

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This article is quite long but I hope you liked it. Did you recognize the song? ('Growing Up' by Macklemore and Ed Sheeran)

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