I have been listening to a lot of Chris Stapleton songs lately. His real tear-jerker song, "Daddy Doesn’t Pray Anymore", is one that hit me this week. It is in his “Traveller” album, which won Top Country Album on the Country Music Awards, Grammy Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, and Billboard Music Awards from 2015 to 2017.
A Song Penned in Just 10 Minutes!
Years ago, while Chris Stapleton and his wife, Morgane, were getting ready for an event Chris was trying to make her rush, concerned they would be late. Morgane, thinking she still needs a lot of time to prepare tells Chris to “write a song or something” while he waits. So, he did. Chris already had the idea in his mind before he put it into a paper. Thinking about his father, he described him as someone who “prayed-at-every-meal” kind of guy. Until, one day he visited on one of the holidays and it hit him that he did not hear his dad pray. Chris recalled writing the song around 2005, but it got weight after his father passed away.
Morgane added that they did not leave immediately because Morgane has to gain her composure after Chris sang it for her. The song was written in just 10 minutes. As what Morgane said, Chris’ always has half-written lyrics, a line, or a guitar riff in his page, never was it blank.
Of “Traveller”, “Daddy Doesn’t Pray Anymore”
Chris Stapleton’s father as he said turned on his switch. It made him want to do some things harmoniously that he thought his father would have liked. Such was what he did on his 2015 album “Traveller”. It is about highways and heartaches. It is also a natural blend of the music Stapleton's father filled their home with country, soul and Southern rock. "Daddy Doesn't Pray Anymore" is certainly one of his finest, honest story songs ever released. He also told that the song may sound different now that his father is gone.
“Today I followed daddy down to church
And listened to the preacher read god’s word
We sang his favorite hymn but daddy didn’t make a sound
This afternoon we’ll lay him in the ground
Daddy don’t pray anymore
I guess he’s finally walking with the lord
He used to fold his hands and bow his head down to the floor
But daddy don’t pray anymore.”
Like Chris, I once coped with my father’s loss. Through Jesus, my dad taught me to learn to love people. Like Chris’ message in writing the song, let us all love a little more before we do not pray anymore. Click the music video below, and I suggest you grab a hanky before hitting play.