Brad Bailey

Father of the Year (acoustic)

Brad Bailey
Brad Bailey


I missed my youngest daughter's birth and first three birthdays due to various Army commitments, including two deployments to Iraq with the 4th Infantry Division Band. I returned from that second deployment the day after her third birthday. I promised myself, and her, that I wouldn't miss another, and so far I have kept that promise.

To me, this is about hope. We always seem to wish we could do better, and as long as we are still drawing breath, there is still a chance.


Father of the Year


She called me on the road

Said "it's a girl, and we're both fine.

She's got eyes like yours

And hair like mine"


"Tell her I'll be there in a day or two.

Give my love to brother and sister,

And save a little back for you"


Didn't start out this year

Like I planned

I hoped we'd have more time

And I hope you'll understand

Doing all I can even though I can't be therre

Maybe next year I'll be father of the year


Three days before she turns three

And I'm looking for a phone

Gonna be a bit longer

But I'll be home


(pre chorus)



There's been too much time

And too much space

The best I can ain't what you need

But there's still time

To close this space

When I've got you in my arms