But in the meantime,
Before you cross the street,
Take my hand,
Life is just what happens to you,
While your busy making other plans,
John brings together two important stories. A story about the fleeting moments of childhood and parenthood. Each of us who have had the good fortune of having a child knows of the exquisite moment of your child reaching up to hold your hand at some crossroad. And the moment of sadness as we look back and realize our child has grown and no longer creates this moment with us. Hopefully we have enough of these special moments and the regrets that comes from the end of that era are not too many.
The second kind of story is all too true with our endless "to do lists" and our "pie in the sky" schemes. Our society has linked Madison Avenue consumption with appearance and success and entertainment. We often are so busy in these pursuits that the moments of our lives are just blurs on the screen of consciousness.
The lyrics come from "Beautiful Boy"