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Father’s Day – 3 Country Songs That Didn’t Make Me Cry Until I Was A Dad

I’ve been a fan country music since I was in 5th grade, and I’ve been doing country radio for 10 years.  It’s weird how some songs you’ve heard a million times have new meanings once you’re a parent.  I have three in particular that touched me differently after my daughter and son were born.

1. Kenny Chesney “There Goes My Life”

I can’t really relate to the verse about the young couple getting pregnant before they’re ready, but in the second verse, talking about the youngster dragging her teddy to her room, I lose it every time.  I don’t even want to talk about the third verse, because I know my two-year-old will be off to college before I know it.

2. George Strait “I Saw God Today”

My wife absolutely hates how this song starts.  “18 hours of labor and HE needs a break!?!?’ she says.  Well, it’s not that line that gets me, it’s the line about his new baby girl in tiny pink socks.  Waterworks for this Daddy!

3. Tim McGraw “Grown Me Don’t Cry”

Don’t let the title fool you, this song is about the myth that grown men don’t cry, and nothing makes this grown man weep like the little girl who says, “I haven’t had my story yet” and then, “I love you, Dad.”  I melted when my little one said ‘Wuv you’ the first time, but it’s more than I can stand when that little voice says, “I love you, Daddy!”

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