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Alan Jackson When Daddy Let Me Drive Lyrics

Last updated: 01/27/2013 02:00:03 PM

It was painted red
It's stripe was white
It was 18 feet
From the bow to the stern light
2nd hand from a dealer in Atlanta
I rode up with daddy
When he went there to get her
Put on a shine
Put on a motor
Built out of love
And made for water
Ran it for years
Till the transom got rotten
A piece of my childhood that'll never be forgotten
It was, just an old plywood boat
75 johnson with electric choke
A young boy, two hands on the wheel
I cant replace the way it made me feel
And I would turn it shore line, and, make it wide
He'd say, ya can't beat the way an old wood boat rides
Just a little lake across the Alabama line
But I was king of the ocean, when daddy let me drive

Just an old 1/2 ton, short-bed Ford
My uncle bought new, in '64
Daddy got it right
Cause the engine was smokin'
Couple of burnt valves and he had it goin'
He'd let me drive her when we'd haul off a load
Down a dirt strip, where we'd dump trash
Off of Thickpin Road

I would sit on the seat
And stretch my feet out to the pedals
Smiling like a hero that just received his medal
It was just an old hand-me-down ford
With 3 speed on the column
And a dent in the door

A young boy, 2 hands on the wheel
I can't replace the way it, made me feel
And I would press that clutch and I'd keep it right
He'd say a lil' slower son you're doin' just fine
Just a dirt road with trash on each side
But I was Mario Andretti
When daddy let me drive

Im grown up now 3 daughters of my own
I let 'em drive my old jeep
Cross the pasture at our home
Maybe one day they'll reach back in their file
And pull out that old memory
And think of me and smile, and say
It's just an old worn out jeep
With rusty ole floor boards
Hot on my feet
A young girl, two hands on the wheel
I can't replace the way it, made me feel
And he'd say, turn it left now, and steer it right
Straighten up girl now, you're doin' just fine
Just a lil' valley by the river where we'd ride
But I was high on a mountain, when daddy let me drive
Daddy let me drive
Oh he let me drive
She's just an old plywood boat with a 75 johnson n'electric choke

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Memories | Reviewer: Shadow Shrout | 1/27/13

I remember my daddy use to have a 1965 ford and i remember sittin on his lap and driving when i was 5 or 6. It makes me cry sometimes remembering the times i've had with my dad. Dad if your reading this I love you and always will

Smiles | Reviewer: Katie | 5/24/12

I remember when I was in kindergarten, my sister would sit me on her lap and let me steer the truck down the road from the bus stop. And now more recently Daddy's letting me drive the boat out on the river. It really is irreplaceable, when somebody lets you drive. Everytime I hear this song I have to smile and sing along because it brings back so many good times.

fond memories | Reviewer: Theresa | 4/2/12

When this song first came out, everytime I would hear it it would make me smile remembering my Dad letting me drive the boat, tractor, and his truck. Now that my Dad is now longer with us... it makes me cry. But only from missing him and the wonderful times we had together. Time can seem to go on for forever, but then one day you realize it was all to short of a time.

memories | Reviewer: Danielle | 7/11/07

this song makes me think of when my daddy used to let me drive when i was like 9...but as i got older I got to be more indepentant and drive while he was on the outside of the car watching...

Memories | Reviewer: bit7 | 9/28/06

This song & video brings back fond memories of when my daddy let me drive. It started for me in an old 16' outboard boat he'd built himself. Followed by the old Ford tractor on the farm and grandma's '50 Mercury. I can only hope my kids hear this song and see the video with similar memories...