Daddy Where Are You

from by Jack McNally

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Was a hot still night in August
Mama said “It’s time”
It hurts so bad I wish that dad were
Here with me tonight
Call Uncle Bill and see if he will
Take me to St. Ives
For nine months now I’ve carried this child
And daddy where are you?

He learned to walk, he learned to talk
Daddy bought a bike
Momma said someday he’d show him how to make it fly
But daddy never found the time
He learned it on his own
And now he rides the streets at night
Hey dad, you want to come along?

And it goes on in his heart
And it goes on in his head
Making a hole whenever he was
Nowhere at all
And it goes on in his heart
And it goes on in his head
Making a hole whenever he said
Nothing at all

The clock was almost out of time
They had a chance to score
He got the call, he caught the ball
The crowd began to roar

He searched the stands to find the man
So proud of him today
“I’m sure you’re up there somewhere now
Hey dad, you see the play?”

In a bar somewhere in Texas, he
Sets the whiskey down
Thinks about the boy he never knew
There’s a hole deep down the wind blows through No drink can kill the pain
If I could do it all again
We’d play ball and we’d be friends and
Every day I’d walk the boy to school

One night as he lay sleeping
He thought he heard him call
His arms were wrapped around him
He couldn’t breathe at all
He never even said goodbye
Or held him in his arms
Now, nothing is better than nothing at all
Hey Daddy where are you?
Daddy where are you?


from Take Time, released December 18, 2012



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