Family Boxes

 

Cardboard boxes, Family Boxes,
holding memories.
When you’re old enough to know,
I will let you see.

A Station wagon trunk
Drove Pa to US land.
Mother saw him on a green ol’ lawn
Gardening tools in hand.
Just a couple kids,
that was long ago.
Within these family boxes,
holds all you need to know.

Cardboard boxes, Family Boxes,
holding memories.
When you’re old enough to know,
I will let you see.

There’s a home in East LA,
Dad built with his two hands.
I had a tiny room,
grew up on cheap land.
Your relatives raised chickens,
ducks n’ pheasants too.
Kept pictures in these boxes,
I dog-eared them for you.

Cardboard boxes, Family Boxes
holding memories.
When you’re old enough to know
I will let you see

Mom she was my hero.
Walked ghetto streets with nursing shoes.
A gentle smile across her face,
reminds me lots of you.
Said we should have a bigger place,
to help us children’s lives.
This move is plainly written out,
Box Numbered 25.

Cardboard boxes, Family Boxes,
Holding memories.
When you’re old enough to know,
I will let you see.

Made it out to College,
Told not to look back.
Met my husband on the trip
Skinny, smart, insomniac.
He died well before his time,
He’s always in my thoughts.
If you want to know some more
It’s here inside this box.

Cardboard boxes, Family Boxes
Containing memories.
Maybe you’re too young right now,
Let them boxes be.

Daddy ‘aint round no more
and neither is my Mom.
Left us family property,
then just rolled along.
And left us love, deep down inside,
they’re here with us as well.
And within these family boxes,
their story’s there to tell.

Cardboard boxes, Family Boxes
holding memories.
Someday when you’re old enough,
I will let you see.

Inside these Cardboard Boxes,
if anybody asks.
Within these Family Boxes,
there’s your future and our past.

Lyrics & Music: Bret L Thompson

 

Lead Vocals: Bret L Thompson

Guitars, Banjos, Dobros, Mandolins: Carl Verheyen

Drums, Tambo., Spoons: Bernie Dresel

Bass: Charles Glenn

Background Vocals: Randy Crenshaw, Craig Copeland, Arielle Peri Vocals: Bret L Thompson

Recorded at Dreamcenter Studios and Consuelo Studios

Engineering:  Brent Ulrich & Bret L Thompson

[Bret’s Vocal Production work by Charles Glenn & BLT]

Mixed by Philippe Brun & BLT

Produced by BLT