Brad Paisley has become a country superstar with fantastic guitar playing and heartfelt lyrics. Even his earlier songs are incredible because his lyrics connect with so many of his fans.
Brad performs a song for fathers called ‘He Didn’t Have To Be.’ The lyrics center around a young boy who watches his single mother trying to find love. She eventually finds a man who includes the boy on a date to the movies.
After months go by, the man proposes, and the little boy has a loving father. The emotionally-charged lyrics sung by Brad give clarity to the song’s title. He sings, ‘Looking 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.’
Verse 2 centers on Brad himself marrying and becoming a father. He is seen wheeling his wife into the hospital for the delivery. He sits there with his father and waits for the news. The two men stand together, looking through the glass at Brad’s baby.
Brad’s lyrics are even more touching now that he’s a father. He understands the responsibility even more and is thankful for his father again. He puts the baby in the crib as his dad watches from the corner of the room.
Brad Paisley has scored 35 top ten singles, sold 11 million records, and won countless awards. His talent and songwriting have caused him to stand out among country music’s biggest stars.
The music, lyrics, and video imagery all pull on the heartstrings of anyone who loved their dad. Brad finds a way to bring honor to fathers with his early country hit. It is a beautiful song and a reminder of what great fathers mean to all of us.