"He Didn't Have To Be" as written by Brad Paisley and John Kelley Lovelace....
When a single mom goes out on a date with somebody new
It always winds up feeling more like a job interview
My mama 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 ah 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 who'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 then all of a sudden ah it seemed so strange to me
How we had gone from something's missing to a family
Lookin' 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

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 hope I'm at least half the dad that he didn't have to be
'Cause he didn't have to be
You know he didn't have to be


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"He Didn't Have to Be" as written by Brad Paisley Kelley Lovelace

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    General CommentThis is obviously about a kid's step dad and how he wanted to take on the job of not only being a good husband but an awesome dad. when he gets older he wants to be as good of a dad that he never HAD to be but was anyway.
    sambeeon September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song...Paisley is extraordinarily good at writing songs like this...songs that mean something more than "I love you, you love me, let's make love," or something of the sort.
    zacsteron November 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis video was the first music video to ever bring a tear to my eye...
    jello_bobon March 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI am crying as I listen to this.
    It's perfect.
    DreamAwakeon January 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI want this to be my "father" - daughter dance with my step-dad. Cause this is him in every sense. the only downside, is obviously, I will not be a father to a child. ;)
    LILYxattheDiscoon June 24, 2012   Link

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