Album: Unconditional (2000)
Charted: 49
  • This is a tearful Country ballad about the dying love of a father and son. The lead singer was a teenager and drank whisky, then his father caught him in the kitchen and said, "I know you live here, but this is still my home. It's my way or the highway." Then he slammed the door and said "I hate you!" He shook his head and said "okay." Later in life, he discovers for himself how that felt when he got into a nasty argument with his girl, then she slammed the door and said "I hate you." In both incidents, the same message was given. Although they never loved back, that can't stop the love given to them. It's unconditional. >>
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    Landon - Winchester, OH
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Comments: 2

  • Monte from Glade Spring, VaAnyone who knows Clay personally would know the deep compassion he has for his family. If you listen to the words to the song, it reflects back on his life with his father and his undieing love for Clay. To rebut angela in knoxville, you don't know the true circumstances behing the seperation of Clay and his son so please don't be so quick to judge. And again, listen to this wonderful song.
  • Angela from Knoxville, TnSad how he can write a song like this about how much love a father can have for his son but yet, he has a 14 yr old son that he has nothing to do with, & is thousands behind in child support for. Goes to show you, he doesn't write from his real heart. If he would ever get to know his son, those words, I hate you, would be the last words to come out of his son's mouth...even after he gets treated like he has all his life. This man would never flick a wooden nickel to his own son so I would never pay a penny to hear this song-unconditional...hypocracy at its finest.
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