For The Dads…

Happy Father’s Day!  …Regardless of the circumstances.

I don’t know the history of this song… I don’t know what inspired it and I don’t know the precise circumstances of the storyteller.  What I can tell from the lyrics is that the man in the pickup truck loves his children and wishes he played a greater role in their lives.  There are many fathers who will go unrecognized today due to various reasons:  distance, alienation, “replacement”, a poor relationship with their ex… and for some, unfortunately sometimes it’s best to disappear….   Here’s to them!

And here are the lyrics:

Who’s That Man, written and performed by Toby Keith

Turn left at the old Hotel
I know this boulevard much too well
It hasn’t changed since I been gone
Oh, this used to be my way home

They paved the road through the neighborhood
I guess the county finally fixed good
It was gettin’ rough
Someone finally complained enough

Fight the tears back with a smile
Stop and look for a little while
Oh it’s plain to see
The only thing missing is me

That’s my house & that’s my car
That’s my dog in my back yard
There’s the window to the room
Where she lays her pretty head
I planted that tree out by the fence
Not long after we moved in
That’s my kids and that’s my wife
Whose that man, runnin’ my life

If I pulled in would it cause a scene
There not really expectin’ me
Those kid’s have been through hell
I hear they adjusted well

Turn around in the neighbors drive
I’d be hard to recognize
In this pick-up truck
It’s just an old fixer up

Drive away one more time
Lot of things going through my mind
I guess the less things change
The more they never seem the same

That’s my house & that’s my car
That’s my dog in my back yard
There’s the window to the room
Where she lays her pretty head
I planted that tree out by the fence
Not long after we moved in
That’s my kids and that’s my wife
Whose that man, runnin’ my life

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