Walker Hayes - Dad's Sailboat Lyrics




There's a "For Sale" sign on my dad's sailboat
Don't even ask mom why 'cause I already know
Yeah, I knew he'd get old, but I don't know, I guess
Had no idea it was gonna hurt like this

We used to see who could hug the tightest and I couldn't take him
Now I barely even squeeze 'cause I feel like I'm gon' break him
Bet he wonders why it takes me so long to let go
There's a "For Sale" sign on my dad's sailboat

Part of me wants to tear it down
And let it drown in the river
Forget the inevitable
And pretend that heroes live forever
Part of me wants to buy it
And keep it like I wish I could him
But I know that ain't gon' make dad young again
Tears don't care if I don't want 'em to come
I'm tryna take it like a man but I'm taking it like a son
Taking it like a son

His hands shake just like his dad's did
When he was my age and I was just a kid
You can tell in his cellphone number that he wrote
On that "For Sale" sign on my dad's sailboat

Part of me wants to tear it down
And let it drown in the river
Forget the inevitable
And pretend that heroes live forever
Part of me wants to buy it
And keep it like I wish I could him
But I know that ain't gon' make dad young again
Tears don't care if I don't want 'em to come
I'm tryna take it like a man but I'm taking it like a son
Taking it like a son

Guess I saw it coming, I just acted blind
Like my dad could beat up Father Time

Part of me wants to tear it down
And let it drown in the river
Forget the inevitable
And pretend that heroes live forever
Part of me wants to buy it
And keep it like I wish I could him
But I know that ain't gon' make dad young again
Tears don't care if I don't want 'em to come
I'm tryna take it like a man but I'm taking it like a son
Taking it like a son





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Walker Hayes Dad's Sailboat Comments
  1. Judy Mendes

    And now...I'm crying

  2. Paula McCullough

    This one hit a tad hard...I lost my dad earlier this year when he came down suddenly with an aggressive form of cancer. He and mom had been working on this little speedboat for 5 years...dad put all now wiring, upholstery, carpet, seats..but it had engine issues and so went to the shop, year after year something was always still wrong. I wasn't worried, they'd get it in the water eventually. He died before he ever spent a day on it out in the water. Seeing that boat, under the blue tarp beside the house, still not running...makes me cry.

  3. Anna Allcy

    I was not emotional ready for that to hit so hard

  4. eTHAN bATSON

    So touching and real. You know this is from the heart. Especially the part where he says he wants to believe heroes live forever. All sons nomatter if they say it or not want their dad to be their hero and make them proud.

    Mary Mason

    eTHAN bATSON and Daughters.

  5. Philly Dunlap

    I like the song but am I the only one who thinks when he says “taking it a like a son” he goes flat on “son” and it sounds bad?

    Judy Mendes

    I think you are the only one. It sounds perfect to me and Walker is truly taking it like a son.

  6. Rachel Rushman

    Amazing song 😍 can't wait to see you in concert again bc you make each show special

  7. Wendy Dotson

    missing my dad daily , 7 yrs now he's been gone... Thanks Walker for sharing

  8. Reece Golke

    I cryed I hope ur happy

  9. Elizabeth m

    So sad. I love this song

  10. Jorrick W

    Awesome heartfelt song Walker

  11. Robert Coulter

    Beautiful song but I imagine painful makes me miss my dad. I can only imagine that came from the heart like all the others which is what makes you such a great artist. I cannot wait for the rest of the 8 track.

  12. Stacy White

    Good song and nice picture of the sailboat

  13. Mohammed Benlaiter

    🔥🔥🔥🎵🎵🎵 walker