Luke Bryan delivered an emotional performance of “Build Me a Daddy” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on June 18, ahead of Father’s Day weekend.
Bryan performed the song from his home, sitting in an empty hall lined with stained glass windows. The song is about a boy longing for his missing dad.
“A boy walks past a window of a glowing ‘open’ sign/ Full of wooden toys and trucks and painted trains/ Rings a bell up on the counter, hands a picture to the man/ Of a kid beside a soldier smilin’ away/ Said, ‘Sir, I’ve heard you can build anything’/ ‘Could you build me a daddy?'” Bryan sang the touching lyrics. “Cause I sure miss him / Maybe you could bring him back / If I walked in with him, it’d sure make mama happy / If you could build me a daddy.”
“Build Me a Daddy,” which was co-written with Jake Mitchell, Josh Thompson and Brett Tyler, is part of Bryan’s upcoming seventh studio album, Born Here Live Here Die Here, scheduled to be released on August 7.
“There are people out there who are going to really, really relate to this song and it’s going to affect them in a beautiful way,” Bryan wrote on Instagram while sharing the song in the previous week.
“#BuildMeADaddy tells the story of a boy and his dad in a beautiful and emotional way. I hope this song and this story touches you, in the same way it touched me,” he added.
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