Premiere: Cormac O Caoimh’s Poignant & Upbeat Ode “When My Kids Grow Too Old to Hold Hands”

Cormac O Caoimh © 2020
Upbeat and heartfelt, Irish singer/songwriter Cormac O Caoimh’s effervescent “When My Kids Grow Too Old to Hold Hands” is a sweetly affecting ode to his children that we can all connect with and appreciate.
“When My Kids Grow Too Old to Hold Hands” – Cormac O Caoimh




“There aren’t enough songs about people’s kids,” Irish singer/songwriter Cormac O Caoimh reflects from his hometown in Cork. “Well, poppy ones anyways.”

O Caoimh’s newest single started with a simple premise: Write a song that allows all the non-parent adults – those who specifically opted against having children – to connect with, and perhaps even better appreciate the relationship between a parent and child. The artist explains, “There [are] a lot of slow soppy ballads about children, so for this single we wanted to make a song about kids that people who didn’t have kids could enjoy now – and playing the long game, possibly hope they will come back to it again in years to come.”

Kids - Cormac O Caoimh

Kids – Cormac O Caoimh

Here round the park again
Steer clear of cars and bends
When my when my when my
Kids grow too old to hold hands
Laugh like we invented time
Grass on your jeans and knees and mine
When my when my when my
Kids grow too old to hold hands

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “When My Kids Grow Too Old to Hold Hands,” Cormac O Caoimh’s sweetly affecting ode to one’s children. Upbeat and heartfelt, unassuming and effervescent, “When My Kids Grow Too Old to Hold Hands” offers a parental perspective we can all connect with and understand.

Driven by strong drums and an engaging, fast-paced acoustic guitar pattern, O Caoimh spares no time in introducing his song. Immediately he throws us in to the thick of things, shaking us awake with a wistful parental reflection on the present and the future. He recalls the little moments of advice (“steer clear of cars and bends“) and the everyday bright spots (“laugh like we invented time“), his lyrics general enough to apply to just about every child’s growth.

Cormac O Caoimh © Dark Hearts Photography

Cormac O Caoimh © Dark Hearts Photography





The percussion drops off in the chorus and for a second, time seems to stand still for O Caoimh: He steps out of the everyday to appreciate that these innocent parenting days are fleeting and numbered, no matter how exciting, trying, and busy they may feel. For him, this is an opportunity to recognize what he has right here, right now; he soaks in the intensity of his children and their impact on him, expressing his love not only them, but for all the joy and beauty they bring him in every moment

When my when my when my
Kids grow too old to hold ..
Hands, I’ll still hold your heart and
My grip won’t let go
And when plans stand
Still, I will
Love you more big little

The lead single off Cormac O Caoimh’s forthcoming fifith studio album, “When My Kids Grow Too Old to Hold Hands” succeeds in the artist’s primary mission: Poignant though it may be, it is an upbeat ode to one’s children that allows everyone to connect, whether you have kids or not. Stream the new single exclusively on Atwood Magazine!

Throw your wishes to the wind
Grow your list until the end
When my when my when my
Kids grow too old to hold hands
Know the calm before the calm
Show your gentle tender hand
When my when my when my
Kids grow too old to hold
Hands, I’ll still hold your heart and
My grip won’t let go
And when plans stand
Still, I will
Love you more big little
Goodbye bad byes
Goodbye
Bye baby blue eyes
Turn back time

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“When My Kids Grow Too Old to Hold Hands” – Cormac O Caoimh



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