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Songs for the Sunset: Even Though I’m Leaving by Luke Combs

One of the beautiful things about Country is that even as it makes you feel sad it makes you feel better.

Daddy, I’m afraid, won’t you stay a little while?
Keep me safe ’cause there’s monsters right outside
Daddy, please don’t go, I don’t wanna be alone
‘Cause the second that you’re gone they’re gonna know
Before he went to bed he grabbed my hand and said

Just ’cause I’m leavin’
It don’t mean that I won’t be right by your side
When you need me
And you can’t see me in the middle of the night
Just close your eyes and say a prayer
It’s okay, I know you’re scared when I’m not here
But I’ll always be right there
Even though I’m leavin’, I ain’t goin’ nowhere

Dad, we’ll be late, and Uncle Sam don’t like to wait
He’s got a big old plane that’s gonna take me far away
I know I act tough, but there’s a churnin’ in my gut
‘Cause I just can’t call you up when things get rough
Before I left, he hugged my neck and said

Just ’cause you’re leavin’
It don’t mean that I won’t be right by your side
When you need me
And you can’t see me in the middle of the night
Just close your eyes and say a prayer
It’s okay, I know you’re scared, I might be here
But I’ll always be right there
Even though you’re leavin’, I ain’t goin’ nowhere

Daddy, I’m afraid, won’t you stay a little while?
I never thought I’d see the day I had to say goodbye
Daddy, please don’t go, I can’t do this on my own
There’s no way that I can walk this road alone
Daddy grabbed my hand and said

Just ’cause I’m leavin’
It don’t mean that I won’t be right by your side
When you need me
And you can’t see me in the middle of the night
Just close your eyes and say a prayer
It’s okay, boy, I ain’t scared
I won’t be here, but I’ll always be right there
Even though I’m leavin’, I ain’t goin’ nowhere
I ain’t goin’ nowhere

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • ghostsniper November 7, 2019, 4:25 AM

    These fake cowboys can’t get off this “daddy” kick can they?
    First it was Aldean and now this dood.
    Maybe a bunch of tatt’s and piercings and dangly bracelets are in order, and a side order of soyburgers.

  • Bunny November 7, 2019, 4:43 AM

    It’s refreshing to hear good dads celebrated, especially in a culture that likes to downgrade masculinity and fatherhood. Even if just a little treacly.

  • Missy November 7, 2019, 3:41 PM

    The theme, to my mind, is a military leaving more so than a syurpy, hillbilly “daddy” song. Daddies leave for Forward Operating Bases, and so do fiances and spouses. For those left behind, then and now, the leaving is a virtual kick to the solar plexus followed my months of low dread. And Arlington in my case. I never heard of Luke Combs. I found the song affecting,

  • Vanderleun November 7, 2019, 6:09 PM

    Luke Combs started very early in Country and has lived the scenes described in the songs. God made him a musician as a boy and he’s carried that gift as a man. Yes, it has a lot of traditional country tropes but that mass of shared tropes is what knits together all forms of country as country. Luke’s not lying.

  • Montefrío November 8, 2019, 12:09 PM

    I’m enjoying these!

    Sent a link to my son, who has a well-drilling business and has to travel to drill for two weeks before coming back home. It’s a long trip and the two small boys aren’t happy when he goes. I think he’ll like this one.

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