I suppose that the heart is properly placed here, with the older generation warning a young woman to appreciate each stage of her life as she’s experiencing it, rather than pining for what’s still to come. But by always speaking in the voice of the older generation – first mom, then dad, then an older woman fixing the water heater – it’s hard to get a handle on the woman herself here.
The end result is a feeling of condescension, perhaps even a little contempt, toward the character, and since the chorus is in the second person, that attitude is inadvertently directed at the listener as well.
Written by Ashley Gorley & Lee Thomas Miller
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