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Transcribed by: asf0@comcast.net  Alice Franceschini
Date:  October 5, 1999
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       HE DIDN'T HAVE TO BE    Brad Paisley
         A                                  D
When a single mom goes out on a date with somebody new
     E                                  D        A  
It always winds up feeling more like a job in-terview
A                                 D  
My momma used to wonder if she'd ever meet someone
        E                                  D              A
That wouldn't find out about me and then turn around and run
A                                  D
I met the man I called my dad when I was five years old
            E                          D             A
He took my mom out to a movie and for once I got to go
A                               D
A few months later I remember lying there in bed
         E                                D          E         A
I over-heard him pop the question and I prayed that she'd say yes
          D                      E 
And then all of a sudden Oh it seemed so strange to me
         A                                  D
How we went from something's missing to a family
D                             E                            F#m   D
Looking back all I can say about all the things he did for me
Bm                   E                                  A
I hope I'm at least half the dad that he didn't have to be
   A                                     D       
I met the girl whose now my wife about three years ago
E                                    D                A
We had the perfect marriage but we wanted something more
A                                    D
Now here I stand surrounded by our family and friends
          E                               D         E   A
Crowded round the nursery window as they bring the baby in
     D                          E
And now all of a sudden Oh it seemed so strange to me
           A                                   D
How we've gone from something's missing to a family
D                                   E                                   F#m   D
Looking through the glass I think about the man that's standing next to me
Bm                        E                                 A
And I hope I'm at least half the dad that he didn't have to be

Lead,
D                        E                             F#m  D
Looking back all I say about all the things he did for me
Bm                    E                                  A
I hope I'm at least half the dad that he didn't have to be
 E                       A        E                      A
Cause he didn't have to be   You know he didn't have to be



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