Father I Have Sinned (The Prodigal Son) [Song]

An ever-popular, beautiful song of reconciliation based on the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Perfect for Lent. Each verse is written from the perspective of the repentant “prodigal”, while the refrain echoes the loving response of the forgiving Father.

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FREE DOWNLOAD: Click here to download a FREE PDF Leadsheet for the song Father I Have Sinned.


Father I have sinned,
help me find my way.
Remember not my sins,
just let me hear you say:

I forgive you, I love you
You are mine, take my hand.
Go in peace, sin no more,
Beloved one.

Father I have turned,
my back and walked away
Depended on my strength
and lived life my own way

Father I have closed,
my heart to those in need.
Thought only of myself,
a victim of my greed.

Father I have loved,
if love’s the word to use.
I’ve played so many games,
they’ve left me so confused.

Father I’ve returned,
I’m home with you to stay.
Standing at your door,
knowing that you’ll say

Words & Music by Eugene O’Reilly
Copyright © 2001 CJM MUSIC (UK & Ireland)
CCLI & OneLicense No. 646803

Liturgical Use(s): Song (Lent); Penitential Services, Reconciliation




FREE DOWNLOAD: Click here to download a FREE PDF Leadsheet for the song Father I Have Sinned.

What’s your story? Has this song has been part of your soundtrack of faith, or have you encountered it in a liturgy or at an event recently? Please leave a comment below…

2 thoughts on “Father I Have Sinned (The Prodigal Son) [Song]

  1. Hi Jo and CJM,
    What a wonderful PowerPoint for a brilliant song. Thank you for putting it together. Will use it during Lent in School for Lent assemblies if I may.
    Take Care
    Peter Benson (Liverpool)

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