Dad Can't Help You Now
by Colin Gawel
Dad Can't Help You Now tells the story of a nervous Father watching his young son attempt to pitch out of a bases loaded jam in "the last game of the season". It resonates with any parent who has struggled with their emotions watching youth sports, and it seeks to take its place in the National Pastime songbook alongside songs like Glory Days and Centerfield.
Dad Can't Help You Now - by Colin Gawel
Superior - The Best of Colin Gawel
Produced by Mike Landolt for Curryhouse Records
Recorded by Rick Kinsinger
What do the critics think of it?
"Colin Gawel is a great voice of America and this is a great song of America's pastime"
- Lou Brutus - Nationally Syndicated Rock Radio Host
"Rather than trying to shrug off the dad-rock label, Colin Gawel's 'Dad Can't Help You Now' fully embraces a part of this Watershed songwriter's life that is entirely inseparable from the artist he has become. Gawel refuses to rest on the laurels of his youth, instead turning his keen eye to the boy standing right in front of him."
- Joel Oliphint (Pitchfork, Columbus Alive)
"Our listeners and community love Colin Gawel and his music! And what a great song to get you excited for baseball season"
- Maggie Brennan - Music Director, Host of Global Village WCBE 90.5FM
"Colin is one of the few songwriters who survives the transition from adolescent rock and roll to songs that describe the condition of growing older. "Dad Can't Help You Now" is a guaranteed heart tugger for anyone who has ever had kids. It is full of kindness, wisdom and great songwriting."
Eric Zimmer - host The One You Feed Podcast.
It's the last game of the season, you are standing out on the mound
Bases loaded, score is tied and the batter has a full count
And you are staring in at the catcher and I've never been more proud
But my heart shakes buddy cause Dad can't help you now
I'd trade every kiss i ever got to get you one more strike
I'd volunteer to paint the Eiffel Tower for a lazy fly ball to right
Now remember that it's just a game but don't forget to cover home
you're not alone out there but Dad can't help you now
Now the trick to life is to get back up after you get knocked down
and winning's fun but you learn a lot more when you get punched in the mouth
now i know these things but I'd still prefer to never see you frown.
to never see you frown
Now the pitch looked good to me, but the ump he didn't agree
and as the winning run it crossed home plate, you turned and looked at me
And you're fighting back those tears as you slowly walk off the mound
and my heart breaks buddy but Dad can't help you now
You'll get em next time buddy but Dad can't help you now.
Listen or Download Dad Can't Help You Now
You can download a copy of the song with the SoundCloud link below.