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He Didn't Have to Be

by Brad Paisley
Album: He Didn't Have To Be
Genre: Country

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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 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
Lookin' 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 somethin' 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
It seemed so strange to me
How we've gone from something's missing
To a family
Lookin' through the glass I think about the man
That's standin' next to me
And I hope I'm at least half the dad
That he didn't have to be

Lookin' 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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vrichardson says...
This song is PERFECT for me and my step dad. He has been a BIG part of my life since I was 4 and can't wait to dance with him to this song.

Gardners says...
My step-dad is awesome he's been there fore me since I was 5 I love him this song is perfect!!!!

Naomi says...
I love this song and knew the first time I heard it when I was in high school this would be my father daughter song. My step dad has always been there for me since I was about five.

mrsmeans09 says...
both of my parents remarried, and i will dance with my father as well as my stepfather, but i was thinking of playing this song for all of the steps in my life. step mom her parents, aunts, uncles, siblings, step dad, parents, siblings, etc. Thought it would be a nice way to say thanks, what do you think?

mystic_princess_1973 says...
I LOVE THIS SONG BC IT SAYS EXACTLY WHAT I FEEL ABOUT MT STEPDAD ! I'VE NEVER MET MY REAL DAD AND MY STEPDAD IS THE CLOSEST THING TO A DAD THAT I EVER HAD IN MY LIFE ! I LOVE HIM FOR EVERYTHING HE HAS DONE FOR ME AND THERE WONT BE A DRY EYE IN THE PLACE!

loriandjay's big day says...
THIS WILL BE A GREAT SONG FOR ME AND MY STEP DAD IT IS BECAUSE OF HIM I AM WHO I AM

Sara says...
I want to pick this song for my father daughter dance, but it keeps sayin im half the dad...im a mom not a dad! lol

APRIL says...
MY STEP DAD IS MY DAD, HE RAISED ME AS IF I WAS HIS OWN. HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR ME. THIS IS THE PERFECT SONG FOR FATHER, DAUGHTER SONG, BUT IT DOES KEEP SAYING IM HALF THE DAD... IM A MOM NOT A DAD!

MICHELLE says...
THIS SONG DEFINETLY EXPLAINS MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY STEPDAD...I MET HIM WHEN I WAS 5 TOO, AND HE WAS THE FIRST GUY TO TAKE ALL 3 OF US ON A DATE WITH HIM AND MY MOM:) I WILL DEFINETLY USE THIS SONG FOR HIM...IF EVER THERE WAS A MOMENT TO , MY WEDDING DAY IS THE DAY:)

Debi says...
Dear Sara... it doesn't matter whether your a mom or a dad... it's the perfect song for those who chose to be a parent. The first time I heard this song, I had to pull the car over - I was crying that hard. I knew right then it would be the Father/Daughter song for me. My dad may not be my father, he's something more... He's one of my best friends.

Angie says...
this is gonna be my father daughter song bc my daddy (26 years old still my daddy) is a step-dad and my FH will be a step dad to my daughter. im crying now just listening to the song and i cry everytime i hear it. during the father daughter dance i know ill be crying then too. i just hope im not the only one crying.

Becky says...
This is the song. I will dance to this song with my "dad". He is amazing. He is performing our wedding ceremony also. I am so blessed.

Sandy says...
It is a perfect song. It is so hard to find a song that is dedicated to a step-parent. It would be nice if there was more out there.

Jo says...
Who ever did that you tube video I almost cried thats a REALLY sweet thing to do!

Jo says...
I don't have a step dad I have a future father in law and a Uncle, and thats a great song but I can NOT find one to dance with them thats not too pushy.. ugh.

Melissa says...
I have always loved this song, it makes me want to cry every time I hear it (and being a country fan I hear it a lot!). It is the most perfect song to surprise my stepdad with for the father/daughter dance. My family was truly blessed the day he walked into our lives.

annmarie says...
This is the first time ive ever heard this song, and it is beautiful. I was brought up by my Step Dad from the age of 3, up until he passed away last year. This would be a perfect tribute to him xxx

Katie says...
My fiance will be my kids' step dad. He has been their only father figure and this song is so beautiful and perfect for my boys. Would it be a weird Idea to play this song for my fiance and have the kids dance to it with us? lol

Maria  says...
Katie that is my exact idea with this song, the only problem is that i cry my eyes out during the song.
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