Tough Little Boys

Gary Allan

About Tough Little Boys

"Tough Little Boys" is a song written by Harley Allen and Don Sampson and recorded by American country music artist Gary Allan. It was released in June 2003 as the first single from Allan's 2003 album See If I Care. The song became Allan's second number one hit on the U. S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in October 2003.


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2003
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Well I never once
Backed down from a punch
Well I'd take it square on the chin
Well I found out fast
A bully's just that
You've got to stand up to him
So I didn't cry when I got a black eye
As bad as it hurt, I just grinned
But when tough little boys grow up to be dads
They turn into big babies again.

Scared me to death
When you took your first steps
And I'd fall every time you fell down
Your first day of school, I cried like a fool
And I followed your school bus to town
Well I didn't cry, when Old Yeller died
At least not in front of my friends
But when tough little boys grow up to be dads
They turn into big babies again

Well I'm a grown man
And as strong as I am
Sometimes its hard to believe
That one little girl, with little blonde curls
Could totally terrify me
If you were to ask
My wife would just laugh
She'd say "I know all about men
How when tough little boys grow up to be dads
They turn into big babies again"

Well I know one day, I'll give you away
And I'm gonna stand there and smile
And when I get home, and I'm all alone
Well, I'll sit in your room for a while
Well I didn't cry when Old Yeller died
At least not in front of my friends
But when tough little boys grow up to be dads
They turn into big babies again
When tough little boys grow up to be dads
They turn into big babies again.

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Gary Allan

Gary Allan Herzberg (born December 5, 1967) is an American country music artist, known professionally as Gary Allan. more »

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Written by: HARLEY ALLEN, STEVE WARINER

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10 facts about this song

Song Background
"Tough Little Boys" is a song by American country music artist Gary Allan. It was released in June 2003 as the first single from his album "See If I Care."
Song Creation
This song was written by Dan Colehour and Harley Allen. It's a touching tribute to fatherhood and the emotional experience of raising a child.
Song Meaning
The song is about a tough man who becomes emotional and vulnerable when his daughter grows up and leaves home. The song explores themes of masculinity, fatherhood, and the bittersweet aspects of watching a child grow up.
Chart Performance
"Tough Little Boys" was a major hit for Allan, it peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It also reached number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of Allan's most successful singles.
Album Performance
"Tough Little Boys" was included in Gary Allan's album "See if I Care", which debuted at number one on the US country albums chart.
Music Video
The music video for "Tough Little Boys" was directed by Kristin Barlowe. It features Allan performing the song in a room filled with photographs of moments from a man and his daughter's life.
Critical Acclaim
Many critics have commended the song's emotive lyricism and Allan's evocative voice that perfectly capture the sentiments of a doting father.
Song Legacy
"Tough Little Boys" is considered one of Allan's signature songs, and is often highlighted as a standout in his musical catalog. It remains a favorite among his fans and is frequently performed at his concerts.
Awards
Though "Tough Little Boys" did not win any award, its commercial success and critical acclaim further established Gary Allan as a leading country music artist in the early 2000s.
Personal Significance
In several interviews, Gary Allan has mentioned that the song holds a special place in his heart, as it resonates with his personal experiences as a father.

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