You Had to Be There

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Tim McGraw

Samuel Timothy "Tim" McGraw (born May 1, 1967) is an American country singer and actor. Many of McGraw's albums and singles have topped the country music charts with total album sales in excess of 40 million units in the US, making him the eighth best-selling artist, and the third best-selling coun… more »

He sat down, picked up the phone and said, "Boy, I'm your old man"
He touched the glass between the two
As if to shake his hand

The boy, he didn't budge 
Not even so much as a blink 
The man said, "Oh, come on, better late than never, don't you think?"

He said, "I read it in the paper, can't believe you're twenty one
Can't believe some son of mine
 Could do the things I hear you've done"

He went on like some big hero who flew in to save the day
And the boy said, "If you're here to steer me right, man, it's too late"

You had to be there and I'm talkin' from day one
That's the only time a man should talk through glass to his new son
And you'd have to go back and teach me how when I was nine
'Cause my mama couldn't throw a ball even if she had the time
And I should have been learnin' how to fish
 Instead of learnin' how to smoke 
I bet if you'd have whooped my tail, I'd never thought it was a joke

He said, "Sometimes the will for doin' wrong is way too strong 
For any Mama's prayers 
You had to be there"

The man said, "Boy, I'm sorry you hate me like you do"
The boy said, "Dry it up, man, we ain't makin' this about you
It's about a teenage girl against the world who was left there high and dry
 About a kid who might have stood a whole lot better shot at life"

But you had to be there and I'm talkin' from day one
That's the only time a man should talk through glass to his new son
And you'd have to go back and teach me how when I was nine
'Cause my mama couldn't throw a ball even if she had the time
I should have been learnin' how to fish
 Instead of learnin' how to smoke 
I bet if you'd have whooped my tail, I'd never thought it was a joke

He said, "Sometimes the will for doing wrong is way too strong 
For any Mama's prayer 
You had to be there"

 Before the boy hung up the phone 
He said, "They say I'm out of time"
And it hit the man right there and then
"My God, son, so am I"

Written by: CASEY BEATHARD, KENNETH WRIGHT

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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