The Games That Daddies Play

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"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
Released July 1976
Format 7"
Recorded October 8, 1975
Bradley Barn
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Genre Country
Label MCA 40601
Writer(s) Conway Twitty
Producer(s) Owen Bradley
Conway Twitty singles chronology
"After All the Good Is Gone"
"The Games That Daddies Play"
"I Can't Believe She Gives It All to Me"

"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" was 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.[1]

Song story[edit]

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.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 361. 

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Preceded by
"Here's Some Love"
by Tanya Tucker
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

October 9, 1976
Succeeded by
"You and Me"
by Tammy Wynette
Preceded by
"All I Can Do"
by Dolly Parton
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

October 30, 1976
Succeeded by
"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"
by Gordon Lightfoot