December 10

Trace Adkins Recollects Some Kids’ Stuff in “Then They Do”

To a father, nothing would feel happier than seeing their children living their lives to the fullest. Your kids’ happiness is your happiness. Their success is also your success. When your kids are still on the stage of their lives where they annoy you most of the time, you wish they’ll grow up too soon. But once they’re all grown up, all you can do is recollect their childhood days and miss their playfulness. Then you’ll realize how fast time flies and you’re growing old as well. Certainly, you’ll consider your kids’ childhood memories a great treasure, and reminiscing them would make for an amazing pastime. This is what Trace Adkins depicted in his fatherly song “Then They Do.”

The man behind the song "Then They Do," Trace Adkins.
Photo credit: Trace Adkins’ Official Facebook Page

Immersing Into the Lyrics

Adkins started narrating with a flashback of what their usual morning was like.

In the early rush of morning
Trying to get the kids to school
One’s hanging on my shirt-tail
Another’s locked up in her room
And I’m yelling up the stairs:
“Stop worrying ’bout your hair, you look fine”

He was, indeed, playing a prodigious role as a father on that scene. Imagine his patience in paying attention to each child’s concern. Not to mention that he’s all alone performing the duties in the story.

Fighting is inevitable among children. And as a father, you just can’t let hostility emerge between and among your growing kids. So, you have to play the role of a referee at times and teach them some values. In times like this, a father becomes impatient and makes the song’s line their dictum.

I swear that I can’t wait till they grow up.

In the chorus, Adkins was already at the present. Here, the singer was left alone spending the morning quietly as he reminisces those loud times with his kids. They’re really grown up now and he can’t help but miss the past.

Then they do, and that’s how it is
It’s just quiet in the mornin’
Can’t believe how much you miss
All they do and all they did
You want all the dreams they dreamed of to come true
Then they do

Watch the music video of the song below to learn more about the wonderful story.

Additional Facts of the Song

Songwriters Jim Collins and Sunny Ross were the tunesmiths behind the great song. “Then They Do” was the first and only single on Adkins’ album entitled Greatest Hits Collection, Vol. 1. The song was released in March 2003. That same month, the single debuted at No. 52 on the country chart. Deaton Flanigen directed its music video which premiered in early 2003. Also, in 2005, the Contemporary Christian Music singer and sister of Reba McEntire Susie McEntire-Eaton covered the song. Her version was included on her instrumental-filled album Count It All Joy.

Listen to her rendition of “Then They Do” below.


Greatest Hits Collection, Then They Do, Trace Adkins

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