he didn’t have to be lyrics – brad paisley

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 gl*ss 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

/ brad paisley lyrics