For anyone who’s lost their dad, you’ll understand the power of this song from Ashley Monroe’s new album, Sparrow.
Music has a way of reminding us where we were when something happened, of promises made and dreams to fulfill.
When you reach for your phone to call your dad and realize he’s no longer there, when you feel his arm around your shoulder, telling you he’ll always be there for you, when you hug him tightly one last time, knowing it might be the last…
When you wake up to the truth it really was the last time you would hug your dad. That’s where songs like Ashley’s can hold your hand and lead you to a little comfort.
The lyrics of “Daddy I Told You” are an unspoken conversation, an unanswered phone call, an unsent letter to a father who is no longer here, but everywhere.
Daddy I told you I was gonna fly
I’d get out of that town alive
Don’t worry, I kept your name and your picture in a frame
Every father wants the best for their child, even if it means moving away and enjoying fewer visits. As a child, no matter your age, you know there will be a day when one of your biggest champions isn’t there to see you succeed, to cross the finish line and declare victory. That’s when you have to believe your loved one is somewhere nearby watching you.
Ashley got into music when she was 11. A short two years later, he dad died from cancer. Fast forward to Ashley at age 31 and she’s standing on the shoulders of all who’ve loved her and pushed her to pursue her dream.
Remember how you made me sing them hymns on the back porch
Daddy, don’t you know I’m carrying your spirit like a torch
Everyone grieves in their own way. For Ashley, her music collects her tears and lends a little comfort. Life will never be the same, but that won’t stop this girl from pushing forward.
Brother’s havin’ babies, momma’s getting strong
Things are changing
Daddy I think you knew it all along
I keep chasing down a dream
That’s bigger than you and me.
Have you ever lost someone close to you? What do you think of Ashley’s song?