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Daddy's Song

"For my son, James, and my father, Virgil."

My little boy came up to me
With eyes so wide like he was in a dream
He said, "Will I be tall and strong like you?"
I said, "Oh boy, we hope it all comes true."
Then he hugged me with all his might
And looked me in the eye.
He said,

"I wanna be like you when I grow up,
To know what to do if the times get tough,
To know when to say enough's enough,
I wanna be like you when I grow up.
There's nothing in the world that I can't be,
And somebody's waiting just for me.
And daddy I believe in you so much,
I wanna be like you when I grow up."

Well, it took me back to the child in me
Back to Omaha nineteen sixty three.
My daddy's hands were big and strong
He always did it right, he could do no wrong.
I wonder if I made him cry when I looked him in the eye
And I said,

"I wanna be like you when I grow up,
To know what to do if the times get tough,
To know when to say enough's enough,
I wanna be like you when I grow up.
There's nothing in the world that I can't be,
And somebody's waiting just for me.
And daddy I believe in you so much,
I wanna be like you when I grow up."

And so it goes, round and round again
We pass it on down to our next of kin.
I hope this world will bring you love
From a little boy or girl from God above.
May they hug you with all their might
Maybe even make you cry
When they say,

They wanna be like you when they grow up
To know what to do if the times get tough
To know when to say enough's enough
They wanna be like you when they grow up.
There's nothing in the world that they can't be
And someone's out there waiting to set them free
And daddy they believe in you so much
They wanna be like you when they grow up
And momma they believe in you so much
They wanna be like you when they grow up.

Words and Music by Jim Salestrom
© Field of Daisies Publishing, Inc.
 

Father and Son

 

Daddy's Song
1:13

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From the
Music From The Mountains Album

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