"Stopping By" as written by and Jason Isbell....
Driving to a baseball game on a Friday afternoon
Hotter than hell in Atlanta, Georgia.
I guess it's been fifteen years since I came through here
Probably should have called to warn you.

But I'm stopping by. I'm stopping by, Daddy.

How did your life turn out? Do you ever think about
a teenage girl in Chattanooga?
You ever tell your folks the truth?
That might've been the last of you.
Would've been a shame. We hardly knew ya.

Now I'm stopping by. I'm stopping by, Daddy.

I think the best of me's still standing in the doorway
Counting cars and counting days and counting years
I could say you made me go through life the hard way
But it might've been worse if you were here.

Looking through a picture book. There's one I think my momma took.
You couldn't have been much over twenty.
Shirtless in your cutoff jeans, you hand a lollipop to me.
I probably asked where you got the money.

A picture on another page. I recognize my eyes have aged.
I'd been alone for quite a while then.
Trying to get a match to burn. Waiting on a latch to turn.
I still have difficulty smiling.

But I'm stopping by. I'm stopping by, Daddy.

I think the best of me's still standing in the doorway.
Whatever's left is headed south on 85.
Passing families on vacation headed your way.
They look so happy and alive, and I'm stopping by, Daddy.


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"Stopping By" as written by Jason Isbell

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    My InterpretationGreat song about absent fathers. One of my fav Isbell solo songs.

    "I could say you made me go through life the hard way, but it might have been worse with you here" - great line. Realising that he thought he wanted his dad about but knowing what he does about him, sees that he's a piece of work and having a disappointing father can be worse then not having one at all.
    MarkCox11on May 16, 2012   Link
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    General CommentSquirtin' and Desertin'. This is about how absent fathers are selfish and don't think about the affect their choices have on the life of the child they helped create just to abandon.
    I always heard this from the perspective of a woman talking to her estranged/absent father. I think the use of the term "Daddy" reminds me of a southern girl more so than a dude. In an interview with hearya.com, when the interviewer said "theres a lot of courage in this song about a son seeking out his estranged father", Jason replied: "Or a daughter. There was no mention of a penis in there."
    jfoxxon June 27, 2013   Link

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