Don't Grow Up on Me

Jamie and Sophia McIntyre

In a desperate attempt to stop time, I wrote a plea to my daughter and we sang it together. I've been humbled by the response I've received from friends and family.

© Jamie McIntyre. All rights reserved.

Lyrics

She’s getting older my baby – slipping away from me
Doesn’t seem that long ago – she was bouncing on my knee

Playing games on rainy days – instead of watching tv
Piggy-backs and sneak attacks – climbing up a tree

Making funny faces – amazed by things you say
You’re such a special part of me – and I’m afraid you’ll drift away
Don’t grow up on me

Swimming in the ocean – jumping all the waves
Daddy dig a hole for me – you’d always hear me say

Carry me like a fireman – so the crabs don’t bite my toes
Give me one more squeeze tonight – tell me something nobody knows

Sometimes you look so busy – and you don’t have time to play
You’re such a special part of me – and I’m afraid you’ll drift away

Don’t stop hugging me every morning

Don’t stop singing before bed

Don’t stop thinking I’m the greatest

Don’t forget the things I’ve said

Don’t grow up on me

It’s getting tougher to watch you now, flirting with the boys
I miss playing hide and seek, Mom yelling, “Keep down all that noise!

I liked riding the crazy rides – and dancing around the town
Loving daddy daughter days – when no one else was around

I know that we’re both changing

I’m gonna face the world

I just need you to always be

Daddy’s little girl

Don’t stop hugging me every morning

Don’t stop singing before bed

Don’t stop thinking I’m the greatest

Don’t forget the things I’ve said

Don’t grow up on me

Someday when you’re ready – I’ll have to give you away
As your fingers leave my hand – I’m sure you’ll hear me say

Don’t grow up on me

About

My daughter’s 10th birthday was six months away so I wrote her a song. She was my little girl and growing up too fast. In a desperate attempt to stop time, I wrote a plea, “Don’t Grow Up on Me” and asked her to sing it with me. Four years later, she disregarded the message and grew up becoming a far better singer than her Dad. I took her to Nashville to record the song on her 14th birthday.

Sharing the song has touched our hearts. Tens of thousands of views later we still receive feedback from fathers and daughters on how this story has touched them.

Jamie lives in Darnestown, Maryland with his wife, pair of dogs, and two (growing) children. He is blessed to be surrounded by an amazing family including a father who wrote and recorded songs to sing with his children as they grew up.

Sophia is growing up fast (bad listener!) and currently attending college at University of Georgia.

Here more of their songs together on their YouTube channel

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