Song Name: Calling All the Children Home

Songwriter: Dan Johnson and Roger Tomhave

Copyright: 2007

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Lyrics:

How many times had supper gotten cold
The dinner bell had long since rung
But Father and children were nowhere to be found
The game was on, the night was young

Calling all the children home
From wherever they have scattered
Like fallen leaves are gathered before the winter snow
Calling all the children home
We pray for safe returning
We'll keep a fire burning and put the porch light on
Calling all the children, calling all the children home

She still rings the bell for the children out at play
Sees toys strewn across the lawn
"How have they wandered so many miles away
I can't believe they're grown and gone."

He says "Why are you messin' with that old bell?
There's no one out there gonna hear.
It's a foolish thing, far as I can tell."
"I love that sound", she whispers in his ear.

Calling all the children home
From wherever they have scattered
Like fallen leaves are gathered before the winter snow
Calling all the children home
We pray for safe returning
We'll keep a fire burning and put the porch light on
Calling all the children, calling all the children home

How many times must she relive this call
Each telling harder than the last
They hear her words but do not speak at all
Their father and their innocence have passed

Now the steeple tolls a brighter sound
And it's God who rings the bell

Calling all the children home
From wherever they have scattered
Like fallen leaves are gathered before the winter snow
Calling all the children home
We pray for safe returning
We'll keep a fire burning and put the porch light on
Calling all the children, calling all God's children home