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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 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 glass 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



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  • jbieber999
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    jbieber999Aug 15, 2010 at 2:51 am
    i think this song is so sweet that he hopes he can half as much of a dad as this stepdad was that he didn't have to be
  • c
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    countryobsessedApr 28, 2010 at 7:22 pm
    Ooooh *squeal*! This song is sooo amazing! THe main character is paying tribute to his stepdad. It always makes me smile.
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    UnregisteredOct 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm
    My brother married a wonderful girl almost 25 years ago who already had a son. This weekend (October 2011) that son got married. During the reception, that son dedicated this song to my brother! It was absolutely the most touching moment of the weekend for me!! My brother is the "other" apple of my eye, and this is just another reason why!

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