Holly Dunn‘s “Daddy’s Hands” is a country song we like to feature that revolves around the topic of being a father. There’s a lot of songs that can be dedicated to our dad’s, but this song strikes me the most.

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Holly Dunn’s “Daddy’s Hands”/ Photo via Holly Dunn 1/2009/ nashcountrydaily.com

Holly Dunn’s Signature Single “Daddy’s Hands”

“Daddy’s Hands” became a classic country song most often dedicated as a Father’s Day song. It’s composed of simple yet emotion-evoking words that have a great impact on listeners. Dunn never imagined that her song would have a grand influence on her fans, all she knew was that she wrote a song as a gift to her father.

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A Father’s Day special/ Photo via davidturtonauthor.wordpress.com

Simple but ground-breaking is what “Daddy’s Hands” has done to Dunn’s career. She was just beginning to make her name in country music, but when she recorded the song she wrote, it placed her on the top 10 of the country chart. After which, Dunn began charting songs on the top 10 and even on top of the charts.

A Gift to Her Father

Dunn has written wonderful words about her father in her single. The beginning of the song will immediately bring you to tears as she speaks of her father’s hard-working hands and how he made her feel safe when she’s having nightmares. Dunn wrote this song to show how much she loved and appreciated her father.

I remember Daddy´s hands, folded silently in prayer
And reaching out to hold me, when I had a nightmare
You could read quite a story, in the callouses and lines
Years of work and worry had left their mark behind

Her single was released right before her father was diagnosed with cancer.

It’s not only the beginning of the song that’ll make you cry. The entire song will definitely trigger your emotions, and there’s no need to be ashamed of it because that what a great song’s supposed to do.

After the success of her single on the chart, Dunn was able to win award after award. She brought home the ACM’s Top New Female Vocalist and CMA’s Horizon Award. In addition, she had her first nomination on the Grammy’s (Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song).

The song was first recorded by The Whites in 1985, but their version wasn’t commercially successful. Dunn decided to record the song because she found out the people reacted to it in a way she can’t explain.

“I could see every time I did ‘Daddy’s Hands,’ people were weeping.”