Back into the mainstream this morning; away with all bleakness and negativity. That's gotta mean Ricky Skaggs, who is himself the Daddy of home, family and laying it on a bit thick. If you have any complaints on this one, don't come crying to me. You didn't have to sign up for the series. I am only the chronicler. So take it away, Ricky, with 'Father Knows Best':
Daddy told me not to ride my bike across that rocky creek.Look, I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I didn't invent human suffering. Meanwhile, fellow scholars of the the genre may like to note that the closing conceit is the same here as in George Strait's 'Love Without End, Amen', the second song featured in this riveting collection. Oh, and you'll be hearing a lot more from Ricky.
'You know it's swift in places and, son, it's pretty deep.'
But hardheaded, full of pride, I went on anyway
And if Daddy hadn't been watchin' me I wouldn't be here today.
Father knows best, father knows best
If he hadn't been lookin' out for me I'd be in such a mess
I swore from then on I would do just what he said
'Cause father knows best, father knows best.
I remember back in high school, about sixteen years old,
My friend said 'Let's go drinkin', but Daddy told me not to go.
Now I'm so glad that I stayed home 'cause it turned out he was right,
When the papers came the next mornin' it was there in black and white.
Today a man knocked on my door and said 'Your Daddy died.'
I tried holdin' back the tears but I just stood there and cried.
Now, Lord, you know I loved him, why'd he have to go away?
Then lookin' up to Heaven I heard somebody say...
Father knows best, Father knows best,
I'm always lookin' out for you so your heart can be at rest.
I'll see you through the bad times, just remember what I've said,
Cause Father knows best, Father knows best.
Your Father knows best, son, your Father knows best.
[The Momma 'n' Daddy Archive, containing all the details of the series, is here.]