I remember bringing her home for the first time
Watching every car and every sign
Driving so slow and taking my time
Mindful of every bump in the road

And listening to her sleep peacefully at night
And being in awe of this precious gift
I wonder how I might ever live up to the task

I sure don’t want to let her down
I sure don’t want to fail
There is so much at stake in her sweet little life
There is so much that she’ll have to face

I remember that first time I sat up straight in bed
Not hearing her cry in her bassinet by the bed
Afraid that she needed me and I wasn’t there
Realizing it was all in my head

And listening to her sleep peacefully at night
And being in awe of this precious gift
I wonder how I might ever live up to the task

I sure don’t want to let her down
I sure don’t want to fail
There is so much at stake in her sweet little life
There is so much that she’ll have to face

I remember the first time we camped in a tent
Our start to campfires, smores, and stars in the sky
We laughed, we played, we sang aloud
And watched our breath like fog in the air

And listening to her sleep peacefully at night
And being in awe of this precious gift
I wonder how I might ever live up to the task

I sure don’t want to let her down
I sure don’t want to fail
There is so much at stake in her sweet little life
There is so much that she’ll have to face

I remember that first dance, her dressed like a princess

Beautiful, graceful, smart kind and sweet

A wonderful treasure in her daddy’s eyes
Smiling, laughing, swaying to music late into the night

Then listening to her sleep peacefully at night
And being in awe of this precious gift
I wonder how I might ever live up to the task

I sure don’t want to let her down
I sure don’t want to fail
There is so much at stake in her sweet little life
There is so much that she’ll have to face

I remember our trips building memories together
Seeing new sites, towns and folk
Walking, running, and playing pretend together
Until the fun of the day had us spent

And listening to her sleep peacefully at night
And being in awe of this precious gift
I wonder how I might ever live up to the task

I sure don’t want to let her down
I sure don’t want to fail
There is so much at stake in her sweet little life
There is so much that she’ll have to face

Today is the day she’ll wear the white dress
And I’ll walk her down that long isle
In truth I’ve dreaded this moment ever since her birth
I don’t know how strong I’ll need to be

But I have been blessed with this daughter of mine
Who is so precious that everyone can see
It’s no wonder she caught the eye of some sweet young boy
But I doubt he can love her like me

Will he listen to her sleep peacefully at night?
Be in awe of this precious gift?
I pray that he might live up to the task

Please don’t let us let her down
Please don’t allow her fail
Lord, there is so much at stake in their sweet new life
There is so much that they’ll have to face

There’s a new little girl that we met just today
Snuggled against my girl’s chest
I see that same look in my son in laws eyes
That I knew not so long ago myself

He’ll listen to her sleep peacefully tonight
And be in awe of this precious gift
And he’ll wonder how he might ever live up to the task

He sure doesn’t want to let her down
He sure doesn’t want to fail
There is so much at stake in her sweet little life
There is so much that she’ll have to face

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Original lyrics by Harold “Hop” Ballinger