I got a son just turned fifteen
Seems like we go at it nearly every night
“Dad, you don’t understand anything,” he says
He may be right
When I was a kid, my dad was the same way
He didn’t know anything until my twenty-first birthday

He was a slow learner
Took him a while to figure stuff out
He was a slow learner
But now I have no doubt
You wait around a few years you’ll see
Slow-learning runs in the family

I remember back then, my old man,
Man, you couldn’t tell him anything
He thought he knew it all, was full of advice
About life and love and honor and integrity
Back then it all fell on deaf ears
But it’s amazing how much smarter he was in just a few years

He was a slow learner
Took him a while to figure stuff out
He was a slow learner
But now I have no doubt
You wait around a few years you’ll see
Slow learning runs in the family

I called up my father
Said, Dad, I really need a favor from you
How did you get so wise
Between the time I was thirteen and twenty-two?
He said, I’ve been waiting on this call
I once asked the same thing to your grandpa

He was a slow learner
Took him a while to figure stuff out
He was a slow learner
But he said he had no doubt
If I waited around a few years I’d see
Slow learning runs in the family

Someday I hope you remember this and come tell me if you do
Maybe by then I’ll understand why you need a tattoo

I’m just a slow learner
Takes me a while to figure stuff out
I’m just a slow learner
But I have no doubt
You wait around a few years you’ll see
Slow learning runs in the family
You wait around a few years you’ll see
You’re a slow learner just like me