Charley Sandage

Charley Sandage

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Country - Americana | Mountain View, Arkansas, United States
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Member Since: 2014
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Song Description

It's about how a stepmom become a mom and gives a little girl important things that a dad (even well-meaning) can't. The story is told from the dad's perspective, directed to the mom, but focused on the daughter.

Story Behind the Song

Autobiographical - My daughter was three when I married for the second time. My wife became "Mom" in every sense of the word; just recently, over 35 years, the two of them chose to formalize"their" adoption.

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Lyrics

The Best Thing I Gave Her
©2010
Charley Sandage

When she was three it was just her and me
I gave her the best a single dad could
Care bears and vegetables, books with big pictures
Sometimes more ice cream than I knew I should
Then you came along, and not just for me - you filled up my little girl's dreams

She needed somebody to ask about changes
Makeup and other mysterious things
How to love when you need to and fight when you have to
How angels stay grounded while growing their wings

Now she flies on her own
Most of the time she knows what to do
'Cause of all that I bought her and brought her and taught her
The best thing I gave her was you

Tonight when the phone rang her voice was uncertain
"Hey Dad, how's it going, is Mom somewhere near
I knew it was something 'way over my head
I could hear she was hurting and holding back tears
It didn't hurt to admit when I gave you the phone who she needed right then wasn't me

She needed somebody to ask about changes
Marriage and other mysterious things
Things that a daughter can learn from a mother
Who keeps angels grounded while growing their wings

Oh, she flies on her own
Most of the time she knows what to do
'Cause of all that I bought her and brought her and taught her
The best thing I gave her was you

It's not just scraped knees now or bikes with flat tires
Or learning her colors when she was just two
Life comes at you hard, you need someone to turn to - the best thing I gave her was you

Song Length
4:10
Genres
Country - Americana, Folk - Americana
Tempo / Feel
Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
Content, Serene

Subject Matter
Loving Marriage, Love for Child

Similar Artists
Darius Rucker, James Taylor
Language
English
Era
1990 - 1999

Lyric Credits Charley Sandage/Doug Deforest
Music Credits Charley Sandage/Tim Crouch
Producer Credits Charley Sandage
Publisher Credits unassigned, property of Charley Sandage
Performance Credits Charley Sandage
Label Credits no label