Lyrics ~ A Better Man Than You

A Better Man Than You

Words & Lyrics by J.C. Hyke & Shawn Hutchings

Jimmy sittin’ on the front porch swing

When the screen door crashes open a bottle shatters at his feet

His father slaps his face again

As the tears begin to swell Jimmy turns and says to him

You’ll regret the things you’ve done someday

I won’t let anger run my life this way

And when I have my kids I’ll let ‘em make mistakes

I’ll be a better man than you someday


Straightens his bow tie for the prom 

Down stairs he hears the fighting his daddy cursing at his mom

She shivers and Jimmy holds her tight

When he stands up to his father with all the courage he can find, and says

You’ll regret the things you’ve done someday

I won’t let anger run my life this way

And when I have my wife I’ll cherish her each day

I’ll be a better man than you ...


One day a few years later on a cold December night

His father lying passed out on the floor

Jimmy and his mom load up the car and don’t look back

No idea where or what’s in store

They just know life has more


Jimmy throws a curveball to his son

When he sees a face from long ago walkin’ back the boy’s home run

The old man’s eyes are red with pain

Handin’ back their ball in a tremblin' voice they barely hear him say

I regret the things I’ve done each day

And how I treated you and mom that way

Son I had no right but I couldn’t find the strength

To be a better man like you are today

If you don’t mind I’d like to watch my grandson play 


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