April 24th/My Father's Chair 
(alive version)         

(words and music by Rick Springfield)   

I know all your life you wondered
About that great step we all take alone
How far does the spirit travel on the journey
You must surely be near heaven
And it thrills me to the bone
To know Daddy knows the great unknown

My Father's Chair still standing there
All alone since the long night
Now it's three years on and I still feel
He'll come home, we'll be alright

And where's this healing time brings
I was told the pain would ease
But it still hurts like the first night

That night my brother, my mother and I
Were looking up at a distant star
And wishing we could reach that far

And back in the house
And alone for the first time
We told each other we cared
And I avoided My Father's Chair

I watch my family, we hold on
We are strong and we'll be alright
The clock continues counting down, all the while
And every child will share the long night

But do the spirits meet again
Why am I still so filled with doubt
Is my soul everlasting

In the far distant future
When I knew you'd be gone
Came too fast and stays too long
Why do they leave the weak of spirit
And take the strong

When the world turns sour
And I get sick from the smell
And I can't find no comfort there
I climb into My Father's Chair

(total playing time: 4:39)

*note - blue text indicates differences between recorded and alive versions

Song Facts: This song appears on Greatest Hits Alive- ltd, Greatest Hits Alive, and Anthology (written in rock).  Rick performed this song in Milwaukee on May 13, 2005, dedicating it to the passing of Doug Davidson's Mom.

According to US

Ok, so it's not really A live version - which kind of disappointed me a bit upon purchasing this CD. I love when Rick does these songs live, whether separately or together. The audience tends to quiet up a bit out of respect, and his voice always and I mean always breaks somewhere in these heartfelt lines. I know it probably takes a lot out of him and brings him down a bit to do these repeatedly live, so it is a gem to get them occasionally.

I wasn't really sure if these two songs would transition together well. April 24th has always sounded to me like an unfinished song. I keep waiting for the ending to pop up on a future album. I'm not sure MFC is it. To include them both here together - and with an additional word!! C'mon - don't tell me you didn't catch it too... "that GREAT step we all take alone". :-) There's a sure sign of a sick puppy - It's re-recorded AND it has some additional words?? Well heck, I have to buy that for sure!

It's a great tribute to his father, absolutely. I just believe it's a little misleading to the non-multiple show attending fan (how's that for being politically correct??) that these are something performed every night. This seems to be something that should have been included on just the LE version only, in my opinion. - Michelle P.