Brad Paisley - He Didn't Have to Be Lyrics

Brad Paisley Who Needs Pictures cover art
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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 mama 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 I prayed that she'd say yes

And then all of a sudden
Ah 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 who'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 then all of a sudden
Ah it seemed so strange to me
How we went from something's missing
To a family
Lookin' through the glass I think about the man
That's standing next to me
And I hope I'm at least half the dad
That he didn't have to be

I hope I'm at least half the dad
That he didn't have to be
'Cause he didn't have to be

Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Long Sermon
  • 2 Me Neither
  • 3 Who Needs Pictures
  • 4 Don't Breathe
  • 5 He Didn't Have to Be
  • 6 It Never Woulda Worked Out Anyway
  • 7 Holdin' On to You
  • 8 I've Been Better
  • 9 We Danced
  • 10 Sleepin' on the Foldout
  • 11 Cloud of Dust
  • 12 The Nervous Breakdown
  • 13 In the Garden


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Kelley Lovelace, Brad Paisley
    album: Track 5 in album Who Needs Pictures
    release date: 1999-5-18
    popularity : 430 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Country Rock/Country
    length: 4:44
    Album Information
    label: Arista Nashville
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 078221887120
    script: Latin