About the Song

Conway Twitty’s “The Games That Daddies Play” is a poignant reflection on the complexities of fatherhood and the impact of parental decisions on family dynamics. Released in 1976 as the title track of his album of the same name, the song delves into the emotional turmoil experienced by children when their parents’ actions lead to separation and heartache.

Written by Conway Twitty himself, “The Games That Daddies Play” showcases his songwriting prowess and ability to convey profound themes through compelling storytelling. The song’s introspective lyrics and Twitty’s heartfelt delivery resonate with listeners, evoking empathy and understanding.

Upon its release, “The Games That Daddies Play” garnered critical acclaim and achieved commercial success, reaching the number 2 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Its chart performance solidified Twitty’s reputation as a masterful storyteller and a powerhouse in the country music scene.

As listeners revisit Twitty’s extensive discography, “The Games That Daddies Play” remains a standout track, cherished for its emotional depth and timeless relevance. Its exploration of family dynamics and the enduring impact of parental choices continues to strike a chord with audiences, making it a poignant addition to Twitty’s musical legacy.

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Lyrics

He put his arms around her shoulder
And with a voice that sounded older
He said mom I’ve got something on my mind
I don’t want to bother you
But I sure need to talk to you
If you could only spare the time
And mom I hope you understand
How much I love and need you and
I don’t want you to take this the wrong way
But don’t you think I’m old enough
And big enough and strong enough to play
The games that daddies play
My friend Billy Parker’s dad
Came by today to see me and
He wondered if I’d like to go
With him and Billy on a hike
And maybe camp out overnight
The way I’ve seen them do in picture shows
And there’s one thing I’d like to do
And maybe if I asked him to
He’s sit and talk to me man to man
We’d only be gone overnight
And I could find out what it’s like to play
The games that daddies play
She quickly turned to hide the tears
From her son of seven years
He didn’t know she’d read between the lines
He’d never really known his dad
And although he’d never ask
She knew exactly what was on his mind
She searched her mind in desperation
Six long years of separation
Dimmed the words she knew she had to say
I hope you’re never big enough
Or old enough or bold enough to play
The games that daddies play
I know you need and want his love
But son, you’re the victim of
Another kind of games that daddies play