Leader Of The Band

Album: The Innocent Age (1981)
Charted: 9
  • An only child alone and wild, a cabinet maker's son
    His hands were meant for different work
    And his heart was known to none
    He left his home and went his lone and solitary way
    And he gave to me a gift I know I never can repay

    A quiet man of music denied a simpler fate
    He tried to be a soldier once, but his music wouldn't wait
    He earned his love through discipline, a thundering velvet hand
    His gentle means of sculpting souls took me years to understand

    The leader of the band is tired and his eyes are growing old
    But his blood runs through my instrument and his song is in my soul
    My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man
    I'm just a living legacy to the leader of the band

    My brother's lives were different for they heard another call
    One went to Chicago and the other to St Paul
    And I'm in Colorado when I'm not in some hotel
    Living out this life I've chose and come to know so well

    I thank you for the music and your stories of the road
    I thank you for the freedom when it came my time to go
    I thank you for the kindness and the times when you got tough
    And papa, I don't think I said I love you near enough

    The leader of the band is tired and his eyes are growing old
    But his blood runs through my instrument and his song is in my soul
    My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man
    I'm just a living legacy to the leader of the band
    I am a living legacy to the leader of the band Writer/s: DAN FOGELBERG
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 11

  • Richie Ski from EarthI hope his father got to hear the song if it was released a year before his passing.
  • Al from Spain2020 and I hadn't ever heard the song I am ashamed to say. Quite, quite beautiful. Straight on my favourites playlist. Oh to be able to write like that.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 28th 1982, "Leader of the Band" by Dan Fogelberg peaked at #9 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on November 22nd, 1981 at position #81 and spent 20 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on January 31st it reached #1 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart (also peaked at #1 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart)...
    Was his third in a string of three straight records to make the Top 10; started with "Same Old Lang Syne" (#9), then "Hard To Say" (#7), and finally his one...
    R.I.P Mr. Fogelberg (1951 - 2007).
  • Brett from Piketon, OhThis song reminds me of my dad. He used to always play this song when I was young. He played it over and over when his dad passed away. I get very emotional when I hear this song for a lot of reasons. Great song.
  • Smiley from Harrisonburg, VaAs I choke back the tears I think of my dad, a musician who taught me to play. He died last June 1st, I played the guitar softly as he slipped further. He gained enough strength to play a song with me and died two days later. He was always the leader of the band, I guess because they practiced at the house, he did most of the singing, front man, supplied most of the equipment, hauled it, set it up, tore it down. I helped, later played drums in his band. He taught me bass, then guitar. I'm 60, he died at 83. Dad I didn't say "I love you" enough. GOD I MISS HIM! What a GREAT song, thank you.
  • Jeff from Beverly Hills, Ma"My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man." What a wonderful lyric.
  • Nancy Hopper from Crothersville, InI am the only child my Father had. Even though I am a female this songs fits both my Father and I. He was also a Cabinet maker and the last vacation he ever took was to come to Colorado. He tried to raise me like a boy, showing me how to make wooden hammer handles and doing carpentry work.
  • Jeff from Boston, MaThis is probably the greatest love song of all time that isn't about sexual love. I think a lot of men especially can relate to the feeling that we struggle to be half the man our father is. When you add the fact that fathers and sons often have difficulty expressing their feelings for each other, a song like this has an amazing ability to evoke those emotions.
  • Melanie from Martin, TnI haven't almost been a fan...I have been a fan for YEARS. Dan was one of the major musicians of my college years. There isn't a song more poignant to me than Leader of the Band. Dan was sheer brilliance.
  • Mary from Yuma, AzI've almost been a fan of Dan Fogelberg. But I noticed he wasn't all that popular until after his death. This site had two of his songs on, now there are several. It's a shame a great artist isn't recognized until he's gone.
    We love you Dan!
  • Mixermatt from Bloomington, MnFogelberg was great in the songs that he did
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