From what I've seen, the opinions about this song's meaning are split between two; either the girl mentioned in these lyrics had a father who was depressed and committed suicide by shooting himself, or had a father in the military who was shot in combat.
Reading the lyrics, I think either of these would work. It's obvious her father was shot, and that his family were concerned for his safety, and that would fit into both theories.
However, the lyric 'but nobody knew he was dying inside' leads me to believe the first idea is true - that her father killed himself.
Sad but beautiful and encouraging song, wonderfully laid out and so emotional. I love it. Read more →