Daddy (a song about loss)

Lyrics and melody: Sharon Shultz. Voice, instruments and production: Richard Schletty.

Daddy

It seems like yesterday that she came to me to say:
Sit down I've got some news I want to tell you.
We're going to have a son. Yes, I'll have your little one.
Someone soon is going to call you Daddy.

I told her that's a big surprise for a man on the rise.
With so much to do, I told her sadly:
Don't do this to me. Some other time, you'll see,
Someone else will call us Mom and Daddy.

She said there's other ways. There’s so many folks today
who’d give everything they own to have a baby.
I said just give it up, it wasn't meant to be.
No one has to know but you and me.

And so we set the date, the one that sealed your fate.
I told myself it never would affect me.
I said, "We're not the only ones to do what we have done."
But she blamed herself and then she finally left me.

CHORUS
Now I'm running down the hall trying to answer your call.
I've had this dream a thousand times before.
I cry out "Daddy's here", then I start to shake with fear.
You're on the other side and there's no door!

Well, the years have slipped away, and it's really strange to say
all the simple things are what I miss so badly.
Building blocks and tiny trains, and silly childhood games.
But most of all someone to call me Daddy.

Today I've got it all – money, friends and fame.
But all of this – I'd give it up so gladly.
I'd give it all away if I could go back to that day...
I'd save you, the one who would have called me Daddy.

FINAL CHORUS
Now I'm running down the hall trying to answer your call.
I've had this dream a thousand times before.
I cry out "Daddy's here", then I start to shake with fear.
You're on the other side and there's no door!
I'm tryin' to reach you, the one who would have called me Daddy!
The little one, who would’ve called me Daddy
I wish I could have heard you call me Daddy!



© 2019, Sharon Shultz.
Production: schlettysound.com.
Special thanks to Brad Dunse for help with songwriting and arrangement.