The Ultimate Mother Daughter Song. Warning: Tears Ahead

When I first wrote about our wedding day music, I mentioned that I planned to dance with my mom to “Brown Eyed Girl” since I won’t have a father daughter dance. Well, that was before my ride to Savannah yesterday to tie up some last minute loose ends.

I was just minding my own business as I made the very boring 4 hour ride from my house to our wedding host city when I ran across a song that literally brought me to tears one verse in. I normally listen to sports radio or a pop/hip hop station when in the car. But I was in a “dead zone” where the only stations that would come in were country (mind you, this IS Georgia).

Don’t get me wrong, I do like my country music having grown up most my life in a very rural-pageant and festival lovin’-three stop light-one high school for the entire county-most dirt roads in the state-your dad is probably a farmer-everyone drives tractors on the last day of class-we fixin’ to go do sumin’-south Georgia town. I especially love to listen to country in the summer months. I can’t take a boat ride on the lake without blasting some Kenny, Tim, or Alan on the iPod. But I just normally don’t listen to country, so I’m a little behind on any new songs.

As I was scanning stations, I caught this song at about the 1:30 mark:

“Somebody’s Hero” by Jamie o’Neal
Jamie O’Neal on Myspace

Now, I’m not one for randomly bursting out in tears. But I just about had to pull over. I’m guessing it was the added emotion of being under a month out from the wedding, but boy, was I a MESS. I was on the way to my makeup trial (coming soon!) and was so grateful that I wasn’t leaving trial when I heard the song.

After my trial, my mom finally got into to town to meet me (she’s helping with the wedding to-do list weekend). I immediately had her listen to the song and picked up crying where I left off. This time it was worse though with my mom in the room with me and an actual video to accompany the song. I still hadn’t taken a picture of my makeup because my camera needed to be charged, so you’ll have to keep that in mind when you see those pictures (But I’m happy to report that my mascara didn’t run!).

And just like that, Jamie O’Neal’s “Somebody’s Hero” kicked “Brown Eyed Girl”‘s butt as the mother-daughter song at our wedding. We’ll still dance to “Brown Eyed Girl”, but not as a “feature” dance, just during general dancing with all the guests (since we’d always talked about dancing to it at my wedding when I was younger).

Now I just have to make sure I have a hankie stuffed into my dress prior to stepping onto the dance floor because I know I’ll be a ball of tears and ugly cry faces at that point.

Have you made a song selection a while back just to have a new song come along and promptly replace it?


Mrs. Labrador

Wedding Date:
November 2009
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    pmerr 2728 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:40 pm

    This is a great song! I love country! :) It’s actually not a new song (not sure what new is to you..) it’s a couple years old

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    Laylabelle 3378 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:43 pm

    That is the MOST boring ride ever – Atlanta to Savannah! Every exit looks the same, it’s like groundhog day!

    Sooo cool you found an awesome song. Love it!

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    Miss Pinecone 156 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:47 pm

    I love country! You should listen to “In my daughters eyes” from Martina McBride. That song makes both me and my mom tear up. I do love “somebody’s hero” as well.

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    MissGuinness 64 posts, Worker bee @ 1:47 pm

    I can’t listen to Country, my FI loves it and evertime we are in the car he puts in on, and I always start crying! Its just all so emotional music! ….and yet our first song is a country song… :-)

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:05 pm

    So great!! What a perfect mother-daughter dance song!

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:08 pm

    Wow, love that you’re dancing with your mom, so sweet.

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 2:13 pm

    Beautiful song!

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    PeytonL79 443 posts, Helper bee @ 2:14 pm

    Wow, I just have to say THANK YOU because I’ve been looking for the perfect mother/daughter song to use at my wedding – with my 5-year-old daughter! Now I’m crying, and I think it’s perfect. I love it!

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    parfait 1755 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:20 pm

    Aww, I’m glad you found the perfect song for your mother-daughter dance! There are too many songs I want to dance to for our first dance–I dunno how we’ll choose!

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    Sage 728 posts, Busy bee @ 2:22 pm

    Aww, that IS a great song :)

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    espresso 1308 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:34 pm

    Everyone is going to be crying when they watch you two dance! I love it! And yay for country! :)

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    thefuturemrsjewell 1829 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:52 pm

    glad you found the perfect song for you & your mom! How special!

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    pvaulter718 2116 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:00 pm

    That’s a great song. Isn’t it amazing how sometimes the right song, dress, cake just falls out of the sky?

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:04 pm

    i’ve never heard that song! Sweet choice.

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    Miss Broadway 58 posts, Worker bee @ 4:07 pm

    That song makes me cry everytime I hear it! Its so sweet, and a wonderful choice to dance to with your mama at your wedding.

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 4:14 pm

    Aww. That’s so sweet.

    The Atlanta to Savannah drive makes my butt heart.

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    CrstnBeach 94 posts, Worker bee @ 5:01 pm

    WOW. I hadn’t heard this before, but I am bawling. I called my mom to tell her about it – but I think it might push her over the edge. My grandmother was in a residential nursing facility the week of our wedding and died two days after – the end of the song completely did me in.

    Great choice – there won’t be a dry eye in the house!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:01 pm

    That’s such a sweet song!

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    Lorienne 1220 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:17 pm

    I really should not have listened to this at work….


    GREAT song!!! I think it will make for a beautiful dance with you and your Mom.

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    lauralou852 516 posts, Busy bee @ 7:19 pm

    I LOVE that song!! What a perfect choice!

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:40 pm

    that one amazing song! love it :)

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    ZoeKat 590 posts, Busy bee @ 12:05 am

    Oh my gosh…I just looked up the lyrics and I cried just reading them.

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    Miss Moto 3 posts, Wannabee @ 10:12 am

    this is the exact song i am using! oh my gosh i just cried as a watched the video. it is so perfect!! congrats!

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    alishaneva 2152 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:23 pm

    What a great song!
    Loverboy and I were just talking about first dances last night … Loverboy’s mom wants one – I have 2 dads who aren’t dancers or sappy or anthing like that – so I’m considering a dance with my mom, too!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:27 pm

    What a beautiful song! :)

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 2:19 pm

    I’m not a country person so I didn’t know the song either :).

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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:20 pm

    Alright, I don’t listen to country either but this song + video made me BAWL! Thank you!

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:42 pm

    What a good choice for a mother-daughter song!

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    shy_smilez, Guest @ 8:00 am

    thats my daughters favorite song I would sing it to her before she would go to sleep at night

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