Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


He gets that from me

Leave it to Reba McEntire to make me cry with lyrics like the ones in this song "He gets that from me." I saw the video this morning on CMT and was instantly intrigued because the beginning of it reminded me of my eldest and me. Just watching and the lyrics intrigued me. As the video goes on, I'm thinking maybe the little boy is going off to camp or he's starting junior high or something. Then, I realize that the song is about the dad/husband having died and how the mom sees pieces of herself and pieces of her husband in the boy and how she can tell what he's gotten from each of them. Shows them at the end visiting his grave and putting flowers on it. The lyrics just ripped my heart out. I'm tearing up right now just thinking about them because I can only imagine how it would feel to lose your husband and the father of your child. I think I'd fall to pieces. Army of Dad was laughing at me. He thinks it is funny to watch me get all choked up. I'm very sentimental and tender-hearted to people in sad situations. I think the cancer I had as a child has made me more empathetic to others. You can't go through something like that, come so close to death, and have no heart.

Here are the lyrics:
His early mornin’ attitude:
You have to drag him out of bed.
Only frosted flakes will do,
He gets that from me:
Yeah, he gets that from me.

His curly hair and his knobbly knees:
The way the sun brings those freckles out.
Talk and talk, never miss a beat,
Yeah,he gets that from me:
He gets that from me.

He looks at me with those big brown eyes:
He’s got me in the palm of his hands,
And I swear sometimes it’s just like you’re here again.
He smiles that little crooked smile:
There’s no denying he’s your child.
Without him I don’t know what I’d do:
He gets that from you:
Oh, he gets that from you.

How he loves your old guitar:
Yeah, he’s taught himself to play.
He melts my heart: tells me he love me every day.
And cracks jokes at the perfect time,
Makes me laugh when I want to cry.
That boy is everything to me:
He gets that from you:
He gets that from you.

Last night, I heard him pray:
Lord, help me and mama make it through.
An’ tell Daddy we’ll be okay:
He said he sure misses you:
He sure misses you.
He really misses you:
He gets that from me.

Man, that is a tear-jerker. Nice song, just really sad.


  • At 12:14 AM, March 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    When Reba sang that song on the Country Music Awards, I got the idea that the dad was just away, maybe in the military or something. I didn't know a grave was in the video. That song is really, really sad, though.
    Not quite as down as SAND AND WATER by Beth Neilsen Chapman. She wrote that one after her husband died of cancer, leaving her with a son to raise alone.
    Don't let the husbandly snickers get to ya. Listening to sad songs has some redeeming qualities when it comes to raising children. It lets us know that others have been along the same pathway.

  • At 8:07 AM, March 07, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…


    I don't let his sniggering EVER bother me about stuff like that. I think he secretly LOVES the fact that I get all choked up at sentimental things and that I love him and our kids so much. He may not admit it, but I think he finds it endearing. He just likes to rib me. I'll have to find that song to listen to.

    I'm just a blubbering ball of emotions most of the time and getting me to cry isn't very hard. I cry at Kleenex commercials for God's sakes.

  • At 12:46 AM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've always wondered if this song was about Reba and her son because it shows a name on the grave. Does anyone know the history?

    signed, serious Reba fan


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