Brad Paisley - He Didn't Have To Be
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BRAD PAISLEY


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
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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Meaning to "He Didn't Have To Be" (8 meanings)
Lisa 11/08/12,06:16
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I have never forgotten this song. I grew up with the most beautiful step mum Robyn. Then I met my husband and I became one myself. Everything she did for me, I did for them. I have now had two children of my own and combined we have a lovely family. It's her 60th and I think I will buy it for her.
Lloyd Thorin 02/03/12,16:35
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I can relate to the lyrics in that song. My mother also remarried when I was five years old. I had a great relationship whit him and loved him dearly.
ashley renee 07/30/10,12:40
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im gettin married in a few months and im goin to dance to this song with my step dad he is deffiantly the dad he doesnt have to be...thanku for bein there whn my real father never was
John Milliken 06/22/10,11:33
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A friend at work told me a story about his step son that had sent him a video of this song for Father's Day. He proceeded to tell his Step Dad that this video was a story of their lives. Touching!!
Noel 04/18/10,21:29
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my son sent this song to my husband, his stepfather and we both cried, beautiful tribute to stepfathers and stepmothers who step up to the plate
maryanne 01/05/10,19:20
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this song doesn't make me think of my dad at all it makes me think of my step mom she met my dad when I was about 6 and I had a sister who was 5 and a brother that was 7 I'm glad she didn't turn & run
cheyenne 12/07/09,07:52
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you know, its funny. my dad isn't my biological dad. my bio dad is a peice really...but my dad, he's taken me in for his own. he didn't have to raise me like he did.i hope i can be like him soon,ily.
Janie 12/03/09,13:59
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My daddy's all over the country, and he calls when he cans, and send money, but i still wish he was here withh mehh keep me safe from mommys NEW BOYFRIEND! ilyy daddyy
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