At a time when many people’s thoughts are on first responders, medical professionals and frontline workers, Luke Bryan has released a new song that reminds us of the sacrifices made by our military personnel — “Build Me a Daddy.”
Written by Jake Mitchell, Josh Thompson and Brett Tyler, the descriptive lyrics might make listeners think of a revised version of Disney’s Pinocchio. This poignant story song follows a young boy who approaches a carpenter and toy maker and asks him to “build him a daddy.”
In the verses, the boy shares what his dad is missing – baseball games, hunting – implying that the man has passed while in service to our country, but in the chorus, the boy lists all of the characteristics his newly constructed father should have:
“Could you build me a daddy / Strong as Superman / Make him 10-feet tall with a southern drawl / And a crooked smile if you can.”
In the bridge, he adds more:
“Give him a big heart, make his arms wide open / I know he misses me, so Mister, I was hoping…”
As the father of two young boys, Luke’s performance is tenderly heartbreaking. At a time when country music is often heavily produced, “Build Me a Daddy” is less so. Luke’s gentle timbre elevates the ballad to a palpable plea, so that even if you’ve never experienced such a loss, you can’t help but feel the ache.
A companion video features Luke making his way through the remains of a deteriorating home, making him appear as a ghost in the house, however at the end, he is joined by his boys, Tate and Bo, breathing life back into the home.
As Father’s Day approaches, this encourages us to remember those fathers who left this world too soon, as well as the ones left behind.