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"Leader of the Band" is a song written by Dan Fogelberg from his 1981 album The Innocent Age. The song was written as a tribute to his musician father.

Released as a single at the end of the year, it did quite well on charts, climbing to number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It became Fogelberg's second #1 song on the Billboard adult contemporary chart, following his 1980 hit "Longer".

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An only child alone and wild, a cabinet maker's son
His hands were meant for different work
And his heart was known to none
He left his home and went…

Dan Fogelberg - Leader Of The Band Lyrics

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