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The greatest man I never knew
Lived just down the hall
And everyday we said hello
But never touched at all
He was in his paper
I was in my room
How was I to know he thought I hung the moon

The greatest man I never knew
Came home late every night
He never had too much to say
Too much was on his mind
I never really knew him
And now it seems so sad
Everything he gave to us took all he had

Then the days turned into years
And the memories to black and white
He grew cold like an old winter wind
Blowing across my life

The greatest words I never heard
I guess I'll never hear
The man I thought could never die
S'been dead almost a year
He was good at business
But there was business left to do
He never said he loved me
Guess he thought I knew



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    TaylorBrookeJul 14, 2010 at 1:48 am
    I think this is about a little girls relationship with her father. His room was right down the hallway from hers. He came home late everynite. He probably worked all the time just to support his familly. "everything he gave to us took all he had". I know thats what this song is about. My father is the same way.
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    UnregisteredAug 25, 2014 at 10:54 pm
    I believe this song is about a girl and her dad who spent their lives mostly apart and she never really realized how much he loved her and how much she really loved him until he passed away. Please trust me never spend you life being mad at someone you love because you never know when they will be gone. My dad will be gone a year in October. This song is like it was meant for us.
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    countryobsessedNov 19, 2009 at 9:13 pm
    A woman realizes too late that she loves her now dead neighbor, who was in love with her first. A plot worthy of a soap opera, but it is still a dang good song. I love it!

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