There’s a band called The Drive By Truckers that I like. They’re like home-grown Americana wisdom – cigarettes, fried steak and extra helpings of grease and scars and sorrow and a kind of wisdom.
Below are two of their songs that hit me on a gut-level about who I am and can be as a dad, followed by a video of the guys talking about how these tracks came about.
Eyes Like Glue
They wrote this song called Eyes Like Glue about a young son watching his father. Get’s me every time. Here’s a video and the lyrics.
Eyes Like Glue Lyrics:
I see you watching me Your eyes are just like glue Stuck like glue to every Foolish thing I say and do But there's a safer distance Still not out of touch If Daddy's quiet it probably means He's thinking way too much Someday you'll be a man You'll have a big old brain You won't need it but You'll try to use it just the same But it's like any house lonely people roam around Wasted empty space a maze With only one way out Nobody ever told me half the things I'm telling you Even if they had I'd have had The same look that you do Sometimes you think it and You just want to hear it said out loud If no one else does then it's up to you To shout it out You'll want to do it all And you'll believe you can But when the best that you can do Becomes all you can stand You'll know you're just a man When you feel all the weight press down Next time you're watching me Remember that's all I am now
Daddy Learned To Fly
Daddy's gone away and no one can tell me why Mama's been so sad Since Daddy learned to fly Everybody brought food And everybody cried Nothing's been too good Since Daddy learned to fly Fun we used to have And the way we used to laugh It's all gone away since they cut my world in half Sometimes I think I see him smile from the sky But he never stops to visit since Daddy learned to fly Everyone tries so hard To ease my troubled mind Guess he's doing better than the ones he left behind They tell me I'm not old enough to know the reasons why The clouds reached down from heaven, Daddy learned to fly Learned to fly They tell me that in time everything will be okay Life goes back to normal Like before you flew away They tell me you can see me So I'm trying not to cry But sometimes I can't help it since Daddy learned to fly Learned to fly Learned to fly
Trucker’s Talk About These Songs
Here’s a video where the two main writers in the band talk about how both of these songs came about.