[Verse] D G D I got sent home from school one day with a shiner on my eye. G A Fightin' was against the rules and it didn't matter why. G A D G When dad got home I told that story just like I'd rehearsed. D A D And then stood there on those tremblin' knees and waited for the worst. [Chorus] D G D And he (I) said, "Let me tell you a secret about a father's love, G A A secret that my daddy said was just between us. " G A D G He said, "Daddies don't just love their children every now and then. D A D A D It's a love without end, amen, it's a love without end, amen. " [Verse 2] D G D When I became a father in the spring of '81 G A There was no doubt that stubborn boy was just like my father's son. G A D G And when I thought my patience had been tested to the end, D A D I took my daddy's secret and I passed it on to him. [Chorus] E A E Last night I dreamed I died and stood outside those pearly gates. A B When suddenly I realized there must be some mistake. A B E A If they know half the things I've done, they'll never let me in. E B E And then somewhere from the other side I heard these words again. [Verse 3] E A E And he said, "Let me tell you a secret about a father's love, A B A secret that my daddy said was just between us. " A B E A He said, "Daddies don't just love their children every now and then. E B E B E It's a love without end, amen, it's a love without end, amen. "