The Games That Daddies Play
|"The Games That Daddies Play"|
|Single by Conway Twitty|
|from the album Greatest Hits Vol. 2|
|B-side||There's More Love In The Arms You're Leaving|
|Recorded||October 8, 1975
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
|Conway Twitty singles chronology|
"The Games That Daddies Play" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Conway Twitty. It was released in July 1976 as the first single from his Greatest Hits 2 album. A song about a boy who—while raised by a single mother—longs for a father figure in his life, "The Games That Daddies Play" became Twitty's 17th No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in October 1976. Its one week atop the chart was part of an 11-week run in the Hot Country Singles chart's top 40.
The song talks about a 7-year-old boy raised by a single mother, who one day asks her if he can go on an overnight camping trip with one of his friends, Billy Parker, whose father invited him and will be the chaperone. He wants to go in order to participate in "games that daddies play" – traditional father-son activities such as hiking, fishing and having man-to-man conversations.
His mother cries at the request, realizing that her son is asking a much deeper question – that being where his own father is in his life. She realizes that she has to tell her son the truth – both son and mother are victims of "another kind of game that daddies play", in his case his father abandoning the family six years earlier. However, when listening to it, one might wonder if there wasn't more to those other "kind of games that daddies play", such as abuse.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 361.
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