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He Didn't Have To Be - Paisley Brad Capo 2nd Fret My first tab. Posted because I couldnt find a 'correct' version. Sounds right to me playing it finger style. You can play C's or Cadd9 all the way, I like the way the Cadd9 sounds where I have it. G C When a single mom goes out on a date with somebody new D Cadd9 G It always winds up feeling more like a job interview C My momma used to wonder if she'd ever meet someone D Cadd9 G Who wouldn't find out about me and then turn around and run G C I met the man I call my dad when I was 5 years old D Cadd9 G He took my mom out to a movie and for once I got to go C A few months later I remember lying there in bed D Cadd9 G I overheard him pop the question and I prayed that she'd say yes... And then (1st Chorus) Am D All of a sudden oh it seemed so strange to me G C How we went from somethings missing to a family Am D Em C Looking back all I can say about all the things he did for me Am D G Is I hope I'm at least half the dad that he didn't have to be (Chords stay the same for next verse) G C I met the girl who's now my wife about three years ago D Cadd9 G We had the perfect marriage, but we wanted something more C Now here I stand surrounded by our family and friends D Cadd9 G Crowded round the nursery window as they bring the baby in... And now (2nd Chorus) - (Chords Stay same - Words Change) Am D All of a sudden oh it seemed so strange to me G C How we've gone from somethings missing to a family Am D Em C Looking through the glass I think about the man who's standing next to me Am D G And I hope I'm at least half the dad that he didn't have to be Strum 4 bars: G C Am D Am D Em C Looking back all I can say about all the things he did for me Am D G Is I hope I'm at least half the dad that he didn't have to be C G Because he didn't have to be C G You know he didn't have to be