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This is for Father's Day. Our dad passed away the day after Father's Day, 2020, and in fact my brother was getting ready to go visit him in hospital Father's Day, but the nurses called and said he'd had a crisis and had to be sedated to ease his pain. He never woke up and passed on the next day. This offering and a personal little video are my way of letting people know a bit what he was about, and the influence he had on many people, and especially on his two sons. 

When you're 17, hanging around the house, good old Dad sometimes gets on your nerves. But then as you get older you begin to understand him a little better. What's rattling around in the old man's pockets when he walks around in his "uncool" polyester slacks, are the symbols of the responsibilities he's taken on.

René Gely - acoustic guitar, baritone acoustic guitar

DNO - acoustic guitar, marimba, piano, vocals 

Lyrics: 
I Rattle When I Walk 
Just like my daddy did 
I rattle when i walk 
Just like my daddy did 
I used to think it was oh so strange 
But now time has found a way to re-arrange it  
So I rattle when I walk 
Just like my daddy did 

The keys are for a pollutin' old Ford  
That I really wish I didn't need 
I've got one for the trunk and another for the door 
To get me up to speed 
The change I need to call my baby 
To know that the little boy's fine 
Got a broken-strapped watch deep down in my pocket 
To help me keep track of time 

And now I rattle when I walk 
Just like my daddy did 
I rattle when i walk 
Just like my daddy did 
I used to think it was oh so strange 
But now time has found a way to re-arrange it  
So I rattle when I walk 
Just like my daddy did 

Now my old man was a fine old man 
But I didn't want to be the same 
I think I've done well to make my own trail 
And we still share the name 
But apart from the name and the gospel songs 
We both still love to sing 
There ain't a whole lot that we held in common 
Except this one little thing 

And now I rattle when I walk 
Just like my daddy did 
I rattle when i walk 
Just like my daddy did 
I used to think it was oh so strange 
But now time has found a way to re-arrange it  
So I rattle when I walk 
Just like my daddy did 

©2011 David Nelson Ostrosser