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Brad Paisley – He Didn’t Have To Be

Written by on January 12, 2022

Going back to 1999, Brad Paisley released an album called Who Needs Pictures and it had several well known songs like “We Danced” and “In The Garden.” It also has one of my favorite songs He Didn’t Have To Be.

Lyrics

When a single mom goes out on a date with somebody new
It always winds up feeling more like a job interview
My momma used to wonder if she’d ever meet someone
Who wouldn’t find out about me and then turn around and run

I met the man I call my dad when I was five years old
He took my mom out to a movie and for once I got to go
A few months later, I remember lying there in bed
I overheard him pop the question and I prayed that she’d say yes

And then, all of a sudden, oh it seemed so strange to me
How we went from something’s missing to a family
Looking back, all I can say about all the things he did for me
Is, I hope I’m at least half the dad that he didn’t have to be

I met the girl that’s now my wife about three years ago
We had the perfect marriage, but we wanted something more
Now here I stand surrounded by our family and friends
Crowded ’round the nursery window as they bring the baby in

And now, all of a sudden, oh it seems so strange to me
How we’ve gone from something’s missing to a family
Looking through the glass
I think about the man that’s standing next to me
And I hope I’m at least half the dad that he didn’t have to be

And looking back, all I can say about all the things he did for me
Is, I hope I’m at least half the dad that he didn’t have to be
Yeah, I hope I’m at least half the dad that he didn’t have to be
Because he didn’t have to be

You know he didn’t have to be


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