Original Song – “Only Three” (David’s Song)

Only Three (David’s Song) is a short, simple, soft and touching little song I wrote on our son’s third birthday in early 1990 – David’s 26 now – so you can see how quickly time flies by!  It’s one of my early works as I only started writing songs in the fall of 1989, and captured the sentimentality of watching our young son growing up before our very eyes.  Back in 1990 I wrote “Today is just a dream, In the memories of tomorrow, In the pages gone by…Time rolls on, Like a song” – only ‘tomorrow’ has now arrived!  As with a number of the early songs I wrote, I was at the time working with my friend Gordon Olvera to try to give voice to my songs – and I’ve shared the copyright credit with him.  Enjoy!

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I wrote “Only Three – David’s Song” in 1990 when our son was just three years old ~ he’s now 27 ~ how time flies! All three takes on Set 16 in 1997 turned out reasonably well and got progressively better each time, so I’ll share all of them with you here on Mother’s Day ~ this one’s for mothers and fathers everywhere! Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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I wrote “Only Three – David’s Song” in 1990 when our son was just three years old ~ he’s now 27 ~ how time flies! All three takes on Set 16 in 1997 turned out reasonably well and got progressively better each time, so I’ll share all of them with you here on Mother’s Day ~ this one’s for mothers and fathers everywhere! Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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I wrote “Only Three – David’s Song” in 1990 when our son was just three years old ~ he’s now 27 ~ how time flies! All three takes on Set 16 in 1997 turned out reasonably well and got progressively better each time, so I’ll share all of them with you here on Mother’s Day ~ this one’s for mothers and fathers everywhere! Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"One Three" (David's Song) - "Turn To Face The Music", Collected Works Volume II, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Only Three (David’s Song)

“Turn To Face The Music”, Collected Works Volume II, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

D            A                    D

He’s only three years old today

D               A                       D

But there’s so much more to say

D          E                     D

Because three years old today

              D        A

Will soon fade away

A     F#m        D       A

Into childhood memories

           D F#m D               E

Just as color comes to the trees

E     D                   E6

And moments fade away

       D       A

Into yesterday          (End)

      E            E6

For time rolls on

       D              E        D  A

And three won’t last forever

      E             D6

For life’s like a song

      D          E        D  A

And it won’t last forever

A           E       A

Today is just a dream

A        D       A         D F#m E

In the memories of tomorrow

         A F#m A     E

In the pages gone by

         A F#m A     D

In the pages gone by

D            E

Time rolls on

         A

Like a song             (To beginning again)

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6 thoughts on “Original Song – “Only Three” (David’s Song)

  1. I am typing this with tears in my eyes as I understand it so completely. Our son was just a baby, then we turned around and now he is a father. Where does time go, as your child grows? Do they realize the memories we save? You can take it from there Mark. 🙂

  2. Jade,

    The significance of the passing of time only emphasizes how short, fragile and precious our lives really are. Even a long and rewarding life seems like the blink of an eye looking back, so we should all use the time made available to us to live full lives, follow our dreams while we still can – and treasure children, friends and family for each and every moment we’re blessed to have them in our lives!

    Love in Christ,

    Mark

  3. The song is so true. I see my son now, who in my eyes will always be my little boy, he is a father and a wonderful one at that. But where did it go, the small giggles of joy the first time he felt grass in the yard and wasn’t quite sure what to make of it? The hand prints on my walls?
    All of those are now repeated with our grandson, my son is a wonderful daddy. Our grandson brings sunshine into even the most dismal of times. I baptized our grandson on Orthodox Christmas, January 7th, 2013. He had not been baptized yet as my son and his ex couldn’t get it together, So, I took it out of their hands. He will be baptized in the Russian Orthodox Church as soon as they have a date available, probably in March or April, however, the Priest who has been there as long as I can remember is now in semi-retirement and he only does the Divine Liturgy at our church once a month. The rest of the month it is a new younger priest. I want our grandson baptized by the same priest who baptized me. I spoke with him and he said to me, you do realize all I need to do is fill out a form of Baptism and you sign it. Then you will have a record of his Baptism on the 7th of January 2013, anyone who prays for the ability to baptize someone is granted it from God, through Jesus Christ.

    Anyway, back on track. I have learned as I get older how quickly the years go by. It seems that the older we get the faster they go. Like I said above. Toni will always be my little boy. That is because in my mind I have so many beautiful memories of his childhood and his becoming a young gentleman and now a father. But, you are right, some of those ‘colors’ fade as time goes by just as the trees turn in Autumn.

    This song truly touched my heart & soul, thank you.

    With love in Christ,
    Jade

  4. Jade,

    Thank you for your kind comments and I’m glad my song touched you very deeply, which is what all songwriters try to do – connect with the listener on a deeply personal level, from somewhere in their present or past experience. Hold tight to your memories and never let them go, Jade! ♥

    Love in Christ,

    Mark

    • ♥Mark,

      I will hold tight to all of the memories I can. They mean so much to me as do your songs.
      You have set my life back to music & I feel a sense of freedom with that, thank you so much.

      As Always with Love in Christ,

      Jade♥

  5. Jade,

    It’s my privilege to be a part of your journey! Thank you so much for your heartfelt comments! ♥ 🙂

    Love in Christ,

    Mark

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