January 17

Father’s Gratitude in “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle


“I couldn’t ask God for more, man this is what love is.
I know I gotta let her go, but I’ll always remember
Every hug in the morning and butterfly kisses. “

All fathers’ word to their daughters will always mean so much. Even if you find yourself just sitting without saying something, the bond between fathers and daughters is one of the happiest things in the world.

Father’s Gratitude in “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle 1

Bob Carlisle: The Father in the Song and the Singer Himself

Same is true for Bob Carlisle. Swamped much with his career, he realized that he’ll not have his daughter under his roof for long. He thought he was unglued for so long. He wrote it one evening coming home tired. Everybody was in bed so he decided to rest in his office and look at some of his photos with his daughter, Brooke. He finally found all the pieces to his huge hit and a song for his daughter on her 16th birthday. Carlisle also wrote a journal entitled ‘Butterfly Kisses’ for fathers and their daughters. He separated from the limelight to write the song and turned toward the areas of life he sees well: his wife, his children, and God, as the source of everything.

Extending Its Purpose to All of Us

‘Butterfly Kisses’ is commonly used now for weddings. The song’s purpose is more than that. This song expresses what most people feel. Emotionally, this song embodies the relationship between a father and a daughter. Deeper than that, Bob himself puts that it’s not just a song about fatherhood. It’s a song about gratitude. His favorite line,

‘…With all that I’ve done wrong, I must have done something right’

…talks about a resounding love and honesty of people from all walks of life. He said,

“Butterfly Kisses was a platform that God gave me, opening doors through which I could carry a torch, and what a blessing from God.”

Though gratitude is not directly a symbol associated with butterflies, it was the connotation behind the song. The butterfly also represents love and longevity. Thus, pointing out to be thankful for what and who you love like Carlisle writing and singing of his gratitude for the daughter he loves.

We are convinced that when you listen to the song even for the first time, you will definitely embrace this song in your hearts.



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