Written by Zane Williams
Pat Green forgoes the big productions of his big label days and blessedly revisits a more organic sound on “While I Was Away.”
From the perspective of a father to his child, Green solemnly sings of how difficult it is to miss so many moments while his child is growing up without him there to watch it:
For every dollar I earn there’s a lesson you learn without me there
And every day I’m on the go I’m prayin’ that you know that your daddy cares
‘Cause the hardest part about workin’ hard ain’t the bills I gotta pay
It’s you growin’ up while I was away.
With Green’s emotional performance and the song’s sympathetic production, “While I Was Away” is both sweet and heartbreaking. It’s Green’s best single in at least a decade and it will likely be the most moving single of 2015.