Would You Walk 500 Miles?–Dadderday

500 miles

One of the sons and I often have debates about the greatest song ever. His top favorite–“Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. Mine is “500 Miles” by The Proclaimers.

While “Sweet Caroline” definitely scores high as far as notoriety–just play a few bars and people automatically start singing along. But I still say “500 Miles” wins hands down in the category of “what women want.”

Seriously. Just think about it, except for the getting drunk part, the song is filled with the character qualities most women are looking for in a man. The qualities we want to be instilling in our sons. The qualities our daughters are looking for in the men they date and will someday marry.

Check it out:

When I wake up, (when I wake up),
Well I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who wakes up next to you,
When I go out, (when I go out, )
Well I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who goes along with you,
If I get drunk, (If I get drunk)
Well I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who gets drunk next to you,
And if I haver, (if I haver)
Yeah I know I’m gonna be I’m gonna be the man who’s havering to you,

But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles
To fall down at your door

When I’m working, (when I’m working, )
Yes I know I’m gonna be I’m gonna be the man who’s working hard for you,
And when the money, (and when the money,)
Comes in for the work I do
I’ll pass almost every penny on to you
When I come home (when I come),
I know I’m gonna be I’m gonna be the man who comes back home to you
And when I grow old, (when I grow old),
Well I know I’m gonna be I’m gonna be the man who’s growing old with you

But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles,
To fall down at your door

Da da lat da (Da da lat da)
Da da lat da (Da da lat da)

When I’m lonely,
Well I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who’s lonely without you
When I’m dreaming, well I know I’m gonna dream
I’m gonna dream about the time when I’m with you
When I go out (when I go out),
Well I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who goes along with you
And when I come home, (when I come home, )
Yeah I know I’m gonna be I’m gonna be the man who comes back home with you
I’m gonna be the man who’s coming home with you

But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles
To fall down at your door

And I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles
To fall down at your door

In this song I see faithfulness, hard work, reliability, sincerity, sense of humor (havering), perseverance, honesty, longevity, monogamy and love.

Character qualities often missing in today’s society, and dads, these are qualities that need to be lived out and modeled to our sons, daughters and future generations.

Would you walk 500 miles? And then walk 500 more. I hope so. I hope you are that guy. I hope you are raising your sons to be that guy.

Be the guy who would walk 500 miles, and then walk 500 more. Go that extra mile, don’t give up. The “sweet Carolines” of the world need you!

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Me with the man who walks 500 miles for me every day! So thankful for the 28 years I’ve had with this guy!

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