I Wish That I Was Him

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There’s a girl I call my daughter that doesn’t carry my last name.
The man she calls her father lives twenty miles away.
Every other week or so he comes knocking at my door.
She climbs into his pickup truck, and they take off down the road.

He calls her every evening just before she goes to bed
to tell her that he loves her in case she may forget.
I hear her laugh from down the hall before they say goodnight,
and I try but can’t imagine what that kind of love feels like.

I wish that I was him.
He gets every moment that I’ll miss
But could it be when he thinks of me the same words cross his lips:
I wish that I was him.

There will come a day, not far away, when she starts a brand-new life.
In a little church, I can picture her dressed from head to toe in white.
With our friends and family gathered there, the tears might fill my eyes.
’Cause I know just who she’s gonna choose to walk her down the aisle.

I wish that I was him.
He gets every moment that I’ll miss
But could it be when he thinks of me the same words cross his lips:
I wish that I was him.

She may be his flesh and blood and the apple of his eye,
but I only pray she’ll know some day I’ve loved her like she’s mine.

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from The Man I Thought I'd Never Be, released January 31, 2020

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Anthony Quails Chattanooga, Tennessee

In his own words, Anthony Quails “can’t get away from being a storyteller.” As a troubadour with over 20 years of songwriting experience, Quails taps into folk tradition while imparting his own gentle insights to create songs that feel timeless and universal without being trite. ... more

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