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S: Dad's 60th Birthday Book

BC: And I can't help but wonder Where I'm bound, where I'm bound, I can't help but wonder where I'm bound. I had a buddy way back home, But he started out to roam, And I hear he's out by Frisco bay. And sometimes when I've had a few, His old voice comes singin' through And I'm goin' out to see him some old day. And I can't help but wonder Where I'm bound, where I'm bound, I can't help but wonder where I'm bound. If you see me passin' by And you sit and wonder why, And you wish that you were a rambler too, Nail your shoes to the kitchen floor, Lace 'em up and bar the door, And thank the stars For the roof that's over you. And I can't help but wonder Where I'm bound, where I'm bound, I can't help but wonder where I'm bound. | It's a long and a dusty road, It's a hot and a heavy load, And the folks I meet ain't always kind. Some are bad, some are good, Some have done the best they could, Some have tried to ease my troubled mind. And I can't help but wonder Where I'm bound, where I'm bound, I can't help but wonder where I'm bound. Well, I've been around this land, Just a-doin' the best I can, Tryin' to find what I was meant to do, And the faces that I see Look as worried as can be, And it looks like they are a-wonderin' too. And I can't help but wonder Where I'm bound, where I'm bound, I can't help but wonder where I'm bound. Well, I had a little girl one time, She had lips like sherry wine And she loved me 'Till my head went plumb insane. But I was too blind to see She was drifting away from me, And my good gal Went off on a morning train.

FC: Dad's 60th Birthday Book

1: The Dutchman's not the kind of man who keeps his thumb jammed in the dam that holds his dreams in, but that's a secret that only Margaret knows. When Amsterdam is golden in the summer, Margaret brings him breakfast, She believes him. He thinks the tulips bloom beneath the snow. He's mad as he can be, but Margaret only sees that sometimes, sometimes she sees her unborn children in his eyes. Let us go to the banks of the ocean Where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee. Long ago, I used to be a young man, and dear Margaret remembers that for me. The Dutchman still wears wooden shoes, his coat and cap are patched with the love that Margaret sewed there. Sometimes he thinks he's still in Rotterdam. And he watches the tug-boats down canals and calls out to them when he thinks he knows the Captain. ‘Till Margaret comes to take him home again, through unforgiving streets that trip him. Though she holds his arm, sometimes he thinks he's alone and he calls her name. Let us go to the banks of the ocean Where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee. Long ago, I used to be a young man, and dear Margaret remembers that for me. The winters whirl the windmills 'round she winds his muffler tighter and they sit in the kitchen. Some tea with whiskey keeps away the dew. And he sees her for a moment, calls her name, she makes the bed up singing some old love song. A song Margaret learned when it was very new. He hums a line or two, they sing together in the dark. The Dutchman falls asleep and Margaret blows the candle out. Let us go to the banks of the ocean Where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee. Long ago, I used to be a young man, and dear Margaret remembers that for me.

2: For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love. -Carl Sagan | When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school it's a wonder I can think at all. And though my lack of education hasn't hurt me none, I can read the writing on the wall Kodachrome You give us those nice bright colors. You give us the greens of summers. Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah! I got a Nikon camera, I love to take a photograph. So Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away

3: Dad's Angels From Heaven

4: When I get off of this mountain, you know where I want to go? Straight down the Mississippi river to the Gulf of Mexico. To Lake Charles Louisiana Little Bessie, girl that I once knew. She told me just to come on by if there's anything that she could do. Up on Cripple Creek, she sends me. If I spring a leak, she mends me. I don't have to speak, as she defends me. A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one! Good luck had just stung me. To the race track I did go. She bet on one horse to win and I bet on another to show. The odds were in my favor, I had 'em five to one. When that nag to win came around the track sure enough we had won! Up on Cripple Creek, she sends me. If I spring a leak, she mends me. I don't have to speak, as she defends me. A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one! I took up all of my winnings and I gave my little Bessie half. And she tore it up and threw it in my face, just for a laugh. Now there's one thing in the whole wide world I would love to see. That's when that little love of mine dips her doughnut in my tea. Up on Cripple Creek, she sends me. If I spring a leak, she mends me. I don't have to speak, as she defends me. A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one! Now me and my mate were back at the shack we had Spike Jones on the box. She said, "I can't take the way he sings but I love to hear him talk." Now that just gave my heart a throb to the bottom of my feet. I swore right there as I took another pull my Bessie can't be beat. Up on Cripple Creek, she sends me. If I spring a leak, she mends me. I don't have to speak, as she defends me. A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one! Now there's a flood out in California and up North it's freezing cold. And this living off of the road is getting pretty old. So I guess, I'll call up my big mama and tell her I'll be rolling in. But you know, deep down I'm kind of tempted to go and see my Bessie again! Up on Cripple Creek, she sends me. If I spring a leak, she mends me. I don't have to speak, as she defends me. A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one!

5: { | FAMILY | {

6: It's not time to make a change, just relax, take it easy. You're still young, that's your fault, There's so much you have to know. Find a girl, settle down, if you want you can marry. Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy. I was once like you are now, and I know that it's not easy, to be calm when you've found something going on. But take your time, think a lot, why, think of everything you've got. For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not. How can I try to explain, when I do he turns away again. It's always been the same, same old story. From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen. Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away. I know I have to go. It's not time to make a change, just sit down, take it slowly. You're still young, that's your fault, there's so much you have to go through. Find a girl, settle down, if you want you can marry. Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy. All the times that I cried, keeping all the things I knew inside, it's hard, but it's harder to ignore it. If they were right, I'd agree, but it's them you know not me. Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away. I know I have to go.

8: Come down off you throne and leave your body alone Somebody must change You are the reason I've been waiting all these years Somebody holds the key And I'm near the end and just ain't got the time And I'm wasted and I can't find my way home Come down off your own and leave your body alone Somebody must change You are the reason I've been waiting all these years Somebody holds the key And I'm near the end and just ain't got the time And I'm wasted and I can't find my way home

9: YOU Gumball!

10: Almost heaven, West Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains Shenandoah River - Life is old there Older than the trees Younger than the mountains Blowin' like a breeze Country Roads, take me home To the place I belong West Virginia, mountain momma Take me home, country roads All my memories Gathered round her Miners lady, Stranger to blue water Dark and dusty, Painted on the sky Misty taste of moonshine Teardrops in my eye Country Roads, take me home To the place I belong West Virginia, mountain momma Take me home, country roads | I hear her voice In the mornin' hour she calls me The radio reminds me Of my home far away And drivin' down the road I get a feelin' That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday Country Roads, take me home To the place I belong West Virginia, mountain momma Take me home, country roads Country Roads, take me home To the place I belong West Virginia, mountain momma Take me home, country roads

11: Thank you for always encouraging us to sing, laugh, question, learn and love. WE LOVE YOU!!

12: "Travel is rich with learning opportunities, and the ultimate sourvenir is a broader perspective." — Rick Steves

13: Now somewhere in the black mining hills of Dakota There lived a young boy named Rocky Raccoon And one day his woman ran off with another guy Hit young Rocky in the eye Rocky didn't like that He said I'm gonna get that boy So one day he walked into town Booked himself a room in the local saloon. Rocky Raccoon checked into his room Only to find Gideon's bible Rocky had come equipped with a gun To shoot out the legs of his rival His rival it seems had broken his dreams By stealing the girl of his fancy. Her name was Magil and she called herself Nell But everyone knew her as Nancy. Now she and her man who called himself Dan Were in the next room at the hoedown Rocky bust in and grinning a grin He said Danny boy this is a showdown But Daniel was hot-he drew first and shot And Rocky collapsed in the corner. The doctor came in stinking of gin And proceeded to lie on the table He said Rocky you met your match And Rocky said, Doc it's only a scratch And I'll be better I'll be better doc as soon as I am able. Now Rocky Raccoon he fell back in his room Only to find Gideon's bible Gideon checked out and he left it no doubt To help with good Rocky's revival.

15: Ooh, I need your love, babe Guess you know it's true Hope you need my love, babe Just like I need you Hold me, love me Hold me, love me I ain't got nothing but love, babe Eight days a week

16: The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the big lake they called 'Gitche Gumee’. The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead when the skies of November turn gloomy. With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty. That big ship and true was a bone to be chewed when the gales of November came early.

17: Happy 60th Birthday!

18: Said Red Molly to James that's a fine motorbike a girl could feel special on any such like. Said James to Red Molly, well my hat's off to you it's a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952. And I've seen you at the corners and cafés it seems red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme. And he pulled her on behind, and down to Box Hill they did ride. Said James to Red Molly, here's a ring for your right hand but I'll tell you in earnest I'm a dangerous man. I've fought with the law since I was seventeen. I robbed many a man to get my Vincent machine. Now I'm 21 years, I might make 22. And I don't mind dying, but for the love of you. And if fate should break my stride, then I'll give you my Vincent to ride.

19: Come down, come down, Red Molly, called Sergeant McRae. For they've taken young James Adie for armed robbery. Shotgun blast hit his chest, left nothing inside. Oh, come down, Red Molly to his dying bedside. When she came to the hospital, there wasn't much left. He was running out of road, he was running out of breath. But he smiled to see her cry. And said I'll give you my Vincent to ride. Says James, in my opinion, there's nothing in this world beats a 52 Vincent and a red headed girl. Now Nortons and Indians and Greeveses won't do. They don't have a soul like a Vincent 52. He reached for her hand and he slipped her the keys he said I've got no further use for these. I see angels on Ariels in leather and chrome swooping down from heaven to carry me home. And he gave her one last kiss and died. And he gave her his Vincent to ride.

20: The kingdom of this world Is become the kingdom of our Lord, And of His Christ, and of His Christ; And He shall reign for ever and ever, For ever and ever, forever and ever, King of kings, and Lord of lords, |: King of kings, and Lord of lords, :| And Lord of lords, And He shall reign, And He shall reign forever and ever, King of kings, forever and ever, And Lord of lords, Hallelujah! Hallelujah! And He shall reign forever and ever, |: King of kings! and Lord of lords! :| And He shall reign forever and ever, King of kings! and Lord of lords! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

21: "YOU are the greatest in the world!" -The Most Accurate Fortune Cookie Ever

22: Singing songs by the campfire

23: Waiting on an angel One to carry me home Hope you come to see me soon Cause I don' t want to go alone I don' t want to go alone Now angel won' t you come by me Angel hear my plea Take my hand lift me up So that I can fly with thee So that I can fly with thee And I'm waiting on an angel And I know it won' t be long To find myself a resting place In my angel's arms In my angel's arms

24: So MUCH Laughter!

25: Daddy Daughter Dances

26: Dad, will you goof with me?

28: The Leiningers always know how to have a good time...

29: No matter where we are!

30: Chapter One Little House In The Big Woods 0nce upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs. The great, dark trees of the Big Woods stood all around the house, and beyond them were other trees and beyond them were more trees. As far as a man could go to the north in a day, or a week, or a whole month, there was nothing but woods. There were no houses. There were no roads. There were no people. There were only trees and the wild animals who had their homes among them. Wolves lived in the Big Woods, and bears, and huge wild cats. Muskrats and mink and otter lived by the streams. Foxes had dens in the hills and deer roamed everywhere. To the east of the little log house, and to the west, there were miles upon miles of trees, and only a few little log houses scattered far apart in the edge of the Big Woods. So far as the little girl could see, there was only the one little house where she lived with her father and mother, her sister Mary and baby sister Carrie. A wagon track ran before the house, turning and twisting out of sight in the woods where the wild animals lived, but the little girl did not know where it went, nor what might be at the end of it. The little girl was named Laura and she called her father, Pa, and her mother, Ma. In those days and in that place, children did not say Father and Mother, nor Mamma and Papa, as they do now.

32: If a picture paints a thousand words, then why can't I paint you? The words will never show the you I've come to know. | If a face could launch a thousand ships, then where am I to go? There's no one home but you, you're all that's left me too. And when my love for life is running dry, you come and pour yourself on me.

34: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY-O! | You say it's your birthday It's my birthday too, yeah They say it's your birthday We're gonna have a good time I'm glad it's your birthday Happy birthday to you. Yes we're going to a party party Yes we're going to a party party Yes we're going to a party party I would like you to dance (Birthday) Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday) I would like you to dance (Birthday) Dance I would like you to dance (Birthday) Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday) I would like you to dance (Birthday) Dance You say it's your birthday Well it's my birthday too, yeah You say it's your birthday We're gonna have a good time I'm glad it's your birthday Happy birthday to you.

37: We LOVE you Dad!!!

39: He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~Clarence Budington Kelland

41: I won't forget when Peter Pan came to my house, took my hand I said I was a boy; I'm glad he didn't check. I learned to fly, I learned to fight I lived a whole life in one night. We saved each other's lives out on the pirate's deck. And I remember that night when I'm leaving a late night with some friends and I hear somebody tell me it's not safe, someone should help me. I need to find a nice man to walk me home. When I was a boy, I scared the pants off of my mom, climbed what I could climb upon. And I don't know how I survived, I guess I knew the tricks that all boys knew. And you can walk me home, but I was a boy, too.

42: Adventures to No Man's Land

43: Billy and Harry Bear bedtime stories

44: A New Jersey lady I knew long ago and she was a lady I say But she met a cowboy who rode on the rodeo and he stole her heart straight away The New Jersey lady she loved him so true another love she never had But cowboys are lonesome and cowboys are blue And they make the ladies so sad Sing me a melody sing me a blues walk through the bottomland without no shoes the Brazos she's running scared She heard the news walk through the bottomland without no shoes The New Jersey lady knew he loved her too And you know she tried to hold on But the rodeo life was the life that he knew He had to keep drifting along She never married and she never would And all of the people they'd say the New Jersey lady she just ain't no good to follow a cowboy that way Sing me a melody sing me a blues Walk through the bottomland without no shoes The Brazos she's running scared she heard the news Walk through the bottomland without no shoes The lady she'd sing him to sleep in the night And then in the morning he'd go She loved the darkness and hated the light along with that damn rodeo The New Jersey lady the day that he died she covered him over with clay And feeling the wind in the night as she cried she heard the old cowboy say Sing me a melody sing me a blues Walk through the bottomland without no shoes The Brazos she's running scared she heard the news Walk through the bottomland without no shoes

45: So many smiles | So many songs | SO MUCH LOVE

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