I learned the things you never showed me...
Deryck Whibley is the lead vocalist and songwriter of the award-winning pop-punk band Sum 41. I knew of his wife Avril Lavigne but not of him or his band until finding this video on YouTube. I'm always pleased when different generations or genres of music touch me in deeply personal ways... as "Dear Father" certainly does.
He wrote this song about his father who left his then 17-year-old mother before Deryck was born. Referring to the possibility that this man who is out there somewhere might care at all about him, he sings: It's as if the day will never come, so you remain a complete unknown.
I met my father when I was 21 and saw him once more when I was 35. Sometimes, yes, Dear Deryck, all our truths should be left alone.