Veteran Nashville songwriter Jason Deere has a passion for writing songs that are tributes to people, places and events that are important to him. After all, he is the co-founder of the Nashville Tribute Band which has been recording and touring for almost twenty years now. With Father’s Day coming up, he wanted to do something special for his father.

Deere explains, “I wrote this song a couple of weeks ago for my Dad for Father’s Day. I love him so much. I owe him so much. He grew up poor, with a family situation that was challenging to say the least. He started playing football in the first grade and he soon realized that football may be his only ticket out of Amarillo, Texas and a very uncertain future if he stayed in west Texas. Bud Wilkinson offered him a scholarship to play football in 1959 at the University of Oklahoma, to his surprise. Why to his surprise? Because he was 160 pounds. But his heart and determination must have shown through because he got the offer.

As he was getting ready to leave Amarillo for Norman, Oklahoma in the late summer of 1959, his mother became very sick. His mother had raised my dad and his sister Dona Lou as a single mother, working grueling hours in a pork manufacturing plant. Dona Lou, who was five years older than my dad, had raised my dad as much as anyone. As badly as my dad wanted that scholarship and his way out of Amarillo, he felt like he needed to stay and work and help his sick mother. Dad told me that, upon hearing his possible change of plans, Dona Lou looked him in the eye and said, “Monte, you turn around this instant and get in that car right now, and you drive to Norman, Oklahoma and never look back. I’ll take care of Mom.” My dad loves his sister and will forever be grateful to her for that kind of love.

Well, this song pretty much tells the rest of the story. I made this little record and sang it. I made this video. If I’m being honest, I have never been more nervous to put out a piece of music in my life. I so want everyone to like it. Why? Because I love my dad so much and I want everyone to like him. He is a great man who changed an entire generation by working harder than hard, believing with all that he had and never giving up, so we could have better lives than he had. So, from one vulnerable songwriter, I pray that you love this song and this video, not because you need to love my dad, but because I pray that we all have parents, grandparents, brothers or sisters that made it so we are ‘better for loving’ them. I hope you enjoy ‘Old Man’.”

OLD MAN
Artist: Nashville Tribute Band
Written by Jason Deere

Old man, the time is come
For you to sit and ponder all the things you’ve done
I see your eyes drift back in time
Like an old movie through the years you call your life
And you may wonder as you get older
If you’ve really left a mark upon our hearts

You have loved deeper than the ocean
You have done some things that most could only dream
You have fought the fight that turned the tide
For all who’ve got your blood in their veins
Understand we’re all better for loving you Old Man

That girl you know
She’s not in that rocky ground beneath that stone
She waits for you, saving all her love, for the day you meet her in the clouds above
You can see the twilight and when you close your eyes
You can rest assured that you’ve done just fine

You have loved deeper than the ocean
You have done some things that most could only dream
You have fought the fight that turned the tide
For all who’ve got your blood in their veins
Understand we’re all better for loving you Old Man

May that peaceful river flow
When it comes your time to go
May that peaceful river flow
When it comes your time to go

You have loved deeper than the ocean
You have done some things that most could only dream
You have fought the fight that turned the tide
For all who’ve got your blood in their veins
Understand we’re all better for loving you Old Man
Understand we’re all better for loving you Old Man

My Old Man

You can purchase the song on iTunes or enjoy it on Spotify and other streaming platforms.

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