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The Story Behind the Song 'Butterfly Kisses' in the Words of Bob Carlisle

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We've all probably heard it at some point. "Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)" by the contemporary Christian singer and songwriter Bob Carlisle. An extremely popular song for father-daughter dances at weddings, not to mention just a popular song for any sentimental dads out there who love their little girls.

But do you know the story behind "Butterfly Kisses"? The inspiration for the song is as touching as the song itself, it turns out. (Though it's unsurprising.) Bob Carlisle told Oprah the story on her show years ago. According to Carlisle, he had gotten home late one night and was sitting in his office. He was thinking of his daughter Brooke and pulled out some old photos from a cedar chest. He looked at the pictures of his daughter, who was 16 at the time, and realized she wasn't going to be living with the family much longer. 

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From there, he said, the song poured out of him. And he wept as he wrote it. The next day he played it for his wife. He couldn't even look at her as he sang it, because he was crying so much. She bawled too. Later he played it for his daughter. She also cried her eyes out.

It's a bit of a touching song, it turns out.

Pretty much everyone in the world agreed. The song won the 1997 Grammy for Best Country Song as well as Song of the Year at the Dove Awards, the premiere Christian music awards. Carlisle may be considered a one-hit wonder by many, but his song about the mighty love he has for his daughter will forever live on in the hearts of fathers and daughters everywhere.

'Butterfly Kisses' Lyrics:

There's two things I know for sure

She was sent here from heaven

And she's daddy's little girl

As I drop to my knees by her bed at night

She talks to Jesus, and I close my eyes.

And I thank God for all of the joy in my life

Oh, but most of all, for

For butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer

Stickin' little white flowers all up in her hair

"Walk beside the pony

Daddy, it's my first ride"

"I know the cake looks funny

Daddy, but I sure tried"

Oh, with all that I've done wrong

I must have done something right

To deserve a hug every morning

And butterfly kisses at night

Sweet sixteen today

She's looking like her mama

A little more every day

One part woman, the other part girl

To perfume and makeup

From ribbons and curls

Trying her wings out in a great

Big world but I remember

Butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer

Stickin' little white flowers all up in her hair

"You know how much I love you daddy

But if you don't mind

I'm only gonna kiss you on the cheek this time

Oh with all that I've done wrong

I must have done something right

To deserve her love every morning

And butterfly kisses at night

All the precious time

Oh like the wind, when the years go by

Precious butterfly

Spread your wings and fly

She'll change her name today

She'll make a promise

And I'll give her away

Standing in the bride room

Just staring at her

She asked me what I'm thinking

And I said "I'm not sure

I just feel like I'm losing my baby girl"

Then she leaned over, gave me

Butterfly kisses, with her mama there

Sticking little white flowers all up in her hair

"Walk me down the aisle daddy, it's just

About time"

"Does my wedding gown look pretty Daddy?"

"Daddy don't cry"

Oh with all that I've done wrong

I must have done something right

To deserve her love every morning

And butterfly kisses

I couldn't ask God for more, man, this is

What love is

I know I've gotta let her go, but I'll always

Remember

Every hug in the morning, and butterfly kisses

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The Story Behind the Song 'Butterfly Kisses' in the Words of Bob Carlisle