Jack Ingram, “Measure of a Man”
A well-written story about a man who leaves home young because of a volatile relationship with his father, but reaches out to fix things with him when he becomes a father of his own. Songs like this often cast the son as the prodigal kind, who rejects the traditional, small-town values of his family but returns to them after getting burned in the real world. Ingram’s song is much more realistic, and believable because of it. The father really wasn’t as good as he should’ve been to his son, but the son has also let pride get in the way of restoring the relationship. In other words, it sounds like something that actually might have happened in real life.
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