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  1. The Dad I Had
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The Dad I Had was written around 2002 and promptly one first place in the Just Plain Folks, Best Folk Song category over 140,000 entries, but has never been released as a full blown production. I've finally recorded it the way it oughta be, Share with any fathers you know.

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The Dad I Had
Copyright 2002 Joe Rathburn, Joe Own Music, BMI

The dad I had was a typical dad
He wasn’t perfect but he wasn’t half bad
He’s half of why I’m here and for that I’m glad
I’m lucky to have had the dad I had

The dad I had met a girl named Mom
Took her to the senior prom
Stole her from a future dad named Tom
The dad I had met a girl named Mom

The dad I had worked all o’ his life
To have nice things for the kids and wife
He could build a house with a putty knife
The dad I had worked all o’ his life

The dad I had was awfully smart
He could put it back together when I took it apart
He taught me how to whistle and to armpit fart
The dad I had he was awfully smart

He did the best he could, with what he had
And what he had, he got from his dad

The dad I had didn’t seem to care
‘bout the color of your skin or the cut of your hair
If you did your work he’d treat you square
The dad I had always tried to be fair

The dad I had believed in God
Did his prayin’ every Sunday with a fishin’ rod
When he met Saint Pete I hope he got the nod
The dad I had believed in God

He did the best he could, with what he had
And what he had, he got from his dad

The dad I had was a typical dad
He wasn’t perfect but he wasn’t half bad
He’s half of why I’m here and for that I’m glad
I’m lucky to have had the dad I had