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He barely knew how to toddle,
His diaper near dragging the ground;
His face full of determination,
As he followed his grandad around.
The world was just a big playpen,
A place for grandads and fun;
I could sit and watch them for hours,
So proud of my dad and my son.

I can hear him now before soak time,
In his own way he knew how to speak;
Come on now, Poppy, 'tis fun time,
Let's play some hide-and-go-seek.
His grandad snuck into the closet,
And hid in the small darkened space;
I can still see him now on his hands and his knees,
Just a hint of fear on his face.

I knows tha'sh you in there, Poppy,
And I'm not one bit afraid,
'Cause I'm a big boy now, Poppy,
And you said that big boys are brave.
Come on, say something, Poppy,
You see, I'm really not sure,
But I knows tha'sh you in there, Poppy,
Won't you come out, and we'll play some more.

It seems they were always together,
It seems they were always at play;
And the good times they spent with each other,
I still can remember today.
His patience seemed so unending,
On his face was written the joy;
Dad never seemed to get tired,
Of having some fun with his boy.

I recall one day at the Plaza,
Why I took them there God only knows;
For when dad thought that no one was looking,
He hid in a big rack of clothes.
Squeals could be heard 'round the Plaza,
I laughed till I nearly cried,
To see his little head stuck in through the coats,
With that uncertain look in his eyes.

I knows tha'sh you in there, Poppy,
And I'm not one bit afraid,
'Cause I'm a big boy now, Poppy,
And you said that big boys are brave.
Come on, say something, Poppy,
You see, I'm really not sure,
But I knows tha'sh you in there, Poppy,
Won't you come out, and we'll play some more.

But the angels came early for my dad,
Without warning God called him home;
Oh, a heart is never as empty,
As when someone that you love is gone.
But the hardest of all was in trying,
To find the right words to explain:
He and Poppy would have no more fun time,
That he'd never see Poppy again.

Down at the home for the last time,
Friends had all gathered there;
With all of the strength he could muster,
'Cross the floor he came dragging a chair.
A silence fell over the people,
I swear you could hear a pin drop,
As he climbed on the chair on his small tippy toes,
His blue eyes trying to peek o'er the top.

I knows tha'sh you in there, Poppy,
And I'm not one bit afraid,
'Cause I'm a big boy now, Poppy,
And you said that big boys are brave.
Come on, say something, Poppy,
You see, I'm really not sure,
Ah, but I knows tha'sh you in there, Poppy,
Won't you come out, and we'll play some more.
I knows tha'sh you in there, Poppy.

####.... Wince Coles ....####
Recorded by Ellis and Wince Coles (Laughter And Tears, trk#9, 1996, Topsail, NL; Greatest Hits, Vol.2, trk#6, 2000, Winelco, Carmanville, NL).

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[C] He barely knew how to toddle,
His diaper near dragging the [G] ground;
His face full of determination,
As he followed his grandad [C] around.
The world was just a big playpen,
A place for grandads and [F] fun;
I could sit and watch them for [C] hours,
[G] So proud of my dad and my [C] son.

[C] I knows tha'sh you in there, Poppy,
And I'm not one bit [G] afraid,
'Cause I'm a big boy now, Poppy,
And you said that big boys are [C] brave.
Come on, say something, [C] Poppy,
[G] You see, I'm really not [C] sure,
But I knows tha'sh you in there, Poppy,
[G] Won't you come out and we'll play [C] some more.


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