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You'll Never Call Me Daddy   

You’ll Never Call Me Daddy
Words & Music by Steve Siler

I had to decide and I wasn’t prepared
You were defenseless and I was running scared
Now there’s not a day goes by that I don’t think of you
and all the things we would have done that we’ll never get to do
cause

You won’t ride up on my shoulders
You won’t climb up on my lap
You won’t want a bedtime story or ask, Can we play catch?
You won’t squeeze me tight around my neck or shout Hey, look at me!
You’ll never call me Daddy

So many opinions I felt so confused
You were the voiceless one with everything to lose
Looking back I can’t believe it
I failed to count the cost
and everyday I feel the pain of the fatherhood I lost
cause

I won’t show you how to whistle
I won’t teach you how to swim
I won’t hear your silly songs or put your art up on the fridge
I won’t run along beside your bike so you won’t scrape your knees
You’ll never call me Daddy

I’m so sorry
Can you forgive me?
You needed me and I wasn’t there for you
I didn’t stop it and I can’t bring you back
Now I hope someone will listen to me if they have to choose

cause
No one rides up on my shoulders
No one climbs up on my lap
No one wants a bedtime story or asks, Can we play catch?
No one squeezes tight around my neck or shouts, Hey, look at me!
No one calls me Daddy
You’ll never call me Daddy

© Silerland Music (Administered by Clear Box) ASCAP

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This song validates what millions of men are feeling inside; what it s like to lose the role of being a father.

Greg Hasek, MA, MFT, LPC , Southwest Florida Christian Counseling, Bonita Springs, FL

The grief of fatherhood lost….so powerful! Also healing for the moms to hear.

Mary Comm, Author, Secret Sin: When God’s People Choose Abortion

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Austin James

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Austin James

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Second Engineer

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MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Hidden Things, The Days Still Yet to Come, Hope Will Rise Again, You'll Never Call Me Daddy

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Jake Myers

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Jake Myers

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Lead Vocal

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MERCY GREAT ENOUGH You'll Never Call Me Daddy

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Jason Webb

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Jason Webb

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Piano

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BROKEN TO BLESS Not too Far from Here, Broken to Bless, Renee is Fourteen, Beatitudes, Listening, Wounded Angel, Nothing is in Vain, The Apology CELEBRATION TABLE Celebration Table, Come Meet Me Here, In Christ, I've Got This, Shame Died These Things, A Voiceless Cry, You are Not Alone DRINK DEEP No!, Don't Feel Much like Prayer Today, Drink Deep, After the Crowds are Gone, No Such Thing as Normal, Differently, Every Single Tear, Good, Ambush, As Good as Goodbye Gets, Today, Gone Ahead, Death Has Been Conquered MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Hidden Things, The Days Still Yet to Come, Hope Will Rise Again, You'll Never Call Me Daddy, Stain Upon My Heart, We Forgive You, Your Life Has Made a Difference

Kent Hooper

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Kent Hooper

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Co-Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Mastering, Arranging, and Keyboards

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AFTER THE STORM Engineer spoken pieces, Engineering, mixing, and mastering THE APOLOGY Engineering, mixing, and mastering BEFORE WE SAID HELLO Engineering, mixing, and mastering BROKEN TO BLESS Engineering, mixing, and mastering CELEBRATION TABLE Engineering, mixing, and mastering CHAOS OF THE HEART Programming - Chaos of the Heart / Piano - Interludes / Mixing & Mastering - Chaos of the Heart, Keep Breathing, & How Could You / Producer - Every Single Tear - used Courtesy of Spring Hill Music Group, Inc. CHILD OF GOD Engineering, mixing, and mastering CROOKED ROAD Engineering, mixing, and mastering DAYS OF HOPE Engineering, mixing, and mastering DIGNITY Co-Producer, engineering, mixing, and mastering - All tracks / Piano - Do You Know I Love You, Precious Lord Take My Hand DRINK DEEP Co-Producer, engineering, mixing, and mastering - All tracks FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW Programming, piano, & mixing - I Don't Know You Anymore / Love as I Have Been Loved - programming / Engineer for spoken pieces HEROES UNSUNG Engineer for spoken pieces IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR Engineering, mixing, and mastering MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Co-Producer, arranging, engineering, mixing, and mastering - All tracks MORE BEAUTIFUL Programming, Keyboards, Engineer, mixing - Wildest Ride on Earth, Keyboards & Engineer - Interlude for More Beautiful on Guitar, Engineer - Affirmation MORE THAN A SURVIVOR Co-Producer, engineering, mixing, and mastering ROCK BOTTOM SOON Vocal Engineer & Mix SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER Songwriter & programming - All of Me / Keyboards, mixing - Somebody's Daughter / Programming, mixing - Into the Light/ Keyboards, mixing - Every Man's Battle / Engineer & mixing - Is it Me? / I Commit My Eyes / Traitor TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE Engineered, mixed, and mastered all tracks / Also Wurlitzer - Swept Away / Keyboards - Tell Me What You See, To Be Free, In the Image of God / Guitar - Piece Me Together / Programming & Keyboards - You Love Me TWENTY THREE Producer UNDER MY SKIN Mix and mastering WHOLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD Engineer & MIx

Mark Hill

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Mark Hill

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Bass

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AFTER THE STORM Binder of the Broken, Carry Me, City of Hope MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Hidden Things, The Days Still Yet to Come, Hope Will Rise Again, You'll Never Call Me Daddy SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER Somebody's Daughter

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Randy Poole

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Randy Poole

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Tracking Engineer

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AFTER THE STORM Carry Me MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Hidden Things, The Days Still Yet to Come, Hope Will Rise Again, You'll Never Call Me Daddy SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER All of Me / String Tracking Engineer - Traitor, Somebody's Daughter, I Commit My Eyes WHOLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD Whole in the Sight of God

Ron Robinson

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Ron Robinson

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Guitar

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THE APOLOGY DIGNITY Returning the Favor, Precious Lord Take My Hand MERCY GREAT ENOUGH What Now, Hope Will Rise Again,You'll Never Call Me Daddy MORE BEAUTIFUL Wildest Ride on Earth TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE The Cost, Tell Me What You See, To Be Free, Just the Way that I Am SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER Traitor

Scott Krippayne

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Scott Krippayne

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Lead Vocal

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AFTER THE STORM Songwriter, Vocal - Twenty Three / Songwriter, Lead & Backing Vocals - Carry Me BROKEN TO BLESS Songwriter - Beatitudes CHAOS OF THE HEART Vocal - Chaos of the Heart / Backing Vocal - How Could You / Songwriter, Lead Vocal, & Piano - Every Single Tear / Songwriter - Keep Breathing / Songwriter & Vocal - Twenty Three DIGNITY Songwriter & Lead Vocal - Precious Lord Take My Hand / Songwriter & Vocal - Twenty Three DRINK DEEP Songwriter & Vocals - No!, Don't Feel Much like Prayer Today, Differently, , Good, Ambush, Today, Gone Ahead / Songwriter, Vocal, & Piano - No Such Thing as Normal / Songwriter - Drink Deep, After the Crowds are Gone, Every Single Tear, Twenty Three / Vocal - Death Has Been Conquered FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW Vocal / I Don't Know You Anymore / Songwriter, lead vocal & piano - Love as I Have Been Loved GOD CAN USE A BROKEN HEART Songwriter & Vocalist IN ALL THINGS Songwriter, Vocalist, Piano I PROMISE TO BE WITH YOU TODAY Songwriter, Vocalist, Piano IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR Vocalist LIFE OF FAITH Writer, musician, & vocalist LOOK INTO MY EYES Songwriter, Vocalist, Piano MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Songwriter, Piano, & Lead vocal - I Wasn't There / Backing vocals - You'll Never Call Me Daddy MORE BEAUTIFUL Vocal / More Beautiful SET SAIL Songwriter, piano, programming, and vocal SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER Songwriter, Lead Vocal, Backing Vocals - All of Me TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE Songwriter - You Love Me / Backing Vocals - Just the Way that I Am TWENTY THREE Songwriter & Vocal - Twenty Three WHERE IS MY FAITH Songwriter, Vocalist, Piano WHOLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD Vocal / Whole in the Sight of God WRONG CONVERSATIONS Songwriter, Vocalist, Piano

Scott Williamson

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Scott Williamson

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Drums

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CHILD OF GOD DRINK DEEP No!, Don't Feel Much like Prayer Today, Drink Deep, After the Crowds are Gone, No Such Thing as Normal, Differently, Every Single Tear, Good, Ambush, As Good as Goodbye Gets, Today, Gone Ahead, Death Has Been Conquered (Drink Deep) DIGNITY Dignity, Returning the Favor, Love Will Have to Do It, In the Middle of the Mess IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Hidden Things, The Days Still Yet to Come, Hope Will Rise Again, You'll Never Call Me Daddy (Mercy Great Enough) SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER All of Me

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Steve Siler

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Steve Siler

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Founder, Director, & Producer / Songwriter / Keys / Vocalist

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AFTER THE STORM Songwriter / Where is the Ground, Not too Far From Here, Twenty Three BEFORE WE SAID HELLO Songwriter BROKEN TO BLESS Songwriter & Vocals / Not too Far from Here, Innocent Child, Broken to Bless, Renee is Fourteen, Child of Mine, Beatitudes, Listening, Wounded Angel, Nothing is in Vain, Walking Each Other Home, The Apology CELEBRATION TABLE Songwriter & Vocals / Celebration Table, Come Meet Me Here, In Christ, I've Got This, No Power Over Me, Rock Bottom Soon, Say Anything, Shame Died These Things, A Voiceless Cry, You are Not Alone CHAOS OF THE HEART Songwriter / Chaos of the Heart, How Could You, Every Single Tear, Keep Breathing, Twenty Three CHILD OF GOD Songwriter CROOKED ROAD Songwriter DAYS OF HOPE Songwriter DIGNITY Songwriter / Dignity, We've Never Done This Dance Before, Returning the Favor, Love Will Have to Do It, In the Middle of the Mess, Twenty Three, You Should Hear Him Sing, Do You Know I Love You, Precious Lord Take My Hand, I'm Gonna Lose You DRINK DEEP No!, Don't Feel Much like Prayer Today, Drink Deep, After the Crowds are Gone, No Such Thing as Normal, Differently, Every Single Tear, Good, Twenty Three, Ambush, Today, Gone Ahead, Death Has Been Conquered FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW Songwriter / Fifty Years From Now, I Don't Know You Anymore, Love as I Have Been Loved, Before God, What God Has Joined Together GOD CAN USE A BROKEN HEART Songwriter HEROES UNSUNG Songwriter & Piano IN ALL THINGS Songwriter I PROMISE TO BE WITH YOU TODAY Songwriter IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR Songwriter LIFE OF FAITH Songwriter LOOK INTO MY EYES Songwriter MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Songwriter / The Days Still Yet to Come, Hope Will Rise Again, I Lay it Down, I Wasn't There, Listen with Love, Stain Upon My Heart, We Forgive You, What Now?, You'll Never Call Me Daddy, Your Life Has Made a Difference MORE BEAUTIFUL Songwriter / More Beautiful, Wildest Ride on Earth MORE THAN A SURVIVOR Songwriter MUSIC FOR THE LITLE SOUL Songwriter THE NEXT RIGHT THING Songwriter NO POWER OVER ME Songwriter & Vocalist ROCK BOTTOM SOON Songwriter & Vocalist SET SAIL Songwriter SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER Songwriter / Traitor, Somebody's Daughter, All of Me, Into the Light, Is It Me?, I Commit My Eyes, Every Man's Battle /also / Keyboards - Is It Me? TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE Songwriter / The Cost, You Love Me, In the image of God, Just the Way that I Am, No One Can Love Me like You Do TWENTY THREE Songwriter UNDER MY SKIN Songwriter WHERE IS MY FAITH Songwriter WHOLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD Songwriter / Whole in the Sight of God WRONG CONVERSATIONS Songwriter

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