Holly Dunn – Daddy’s Hands

“Daddy’s Hands” is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Holly Dunn. It was released in August 1986 as the third and final single from the album Holly Dunn. The song reached #7 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1]

The song is a tribute to Dunn’s father, who was a minister. The song is composed in the key of D major with a moderate tempo in cut time. The main chord pattern is D-A-Bm-G, with a vocal range of A3 to B4. Dunn noted that she did not seek to make anything beyond a Father’s Day gift for her father, but she “tapped into a well of emotion”. She also noted that the song received very positive reception from fans and listeners, and observed from the song’s success that “people like hearing about a family relationship that’s stable and loving.

Dunn received two Grammy Award nominations in 1987 for the song: for Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, and for Grammy Award for Best Country Song.

The song was also recorded by The Whites on their 1985 album Whole New World.

‘Daddy’s Hands’ singer Holly Dunn dead at 59 (2016)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Holly Dunn, a San Antonio native who had a hit in 1986 with “Daddy’s Hands,” about her minister father, has died. She was 59.

Dunn died Monday in hospice care in Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to June Keys, the manager at the Pena-Dunn Gallery in Santa Fe, where Dunn’s paintings were displayed. Dunn announced earlier this year she was battling ovarian cancer.

The Grammy-nominated Dunn was the Academy of Country Music’s top new female vocalist in 1986 and was named most promising newcomer by the Country Music Association the following year.

She wrote “Daddy’s Hands” for her father, a Church of Christ preacher, as a Father’s Day present and it became a favorite on country radio. The song also earned her two Grammy nominations.

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I remember daddy’s hands folded silently in prayer
And reachin’ out to hold me, when I had a nightmare
You could read quite a story in the callous’ and lines
Years of work and worry had left their mark behind
I remember daddy’s hands how they held my mama tight
And patted my back for something done right
There are things that I’d forgotten that I loved about the man
But I’ll always remember the love in daddy’s hands
Daddy’s hands were soft and kind when I was cryin’
Daddy’s hands were hard as steel when I’d done wrong
Daddy’s hands weren’t always gentle but I’ve come to understand
There was always love in daddy’s hands
I remember daddy’s hands workin’ ’til they bled
Sacrificed unselfishly just to keep us all fed
If I could do things over, I’d live my life again
And never take for granted the love in daddy’s hands
Daddy’s hands were soft and kind when I was cryin’
Daddy’s hands were hard as steel when I’d done wrong
Daddy’s hands weren’t always gentle but I’ve come to understand
There was always love in daddy’s hands
Daddy’s hands were soft and kind when I was cryin’
Daddy’s hands were hard as steel when I’d done wrong
Daddy’s hands weren’t always gentle but I’ve come to understand
There was always love in daddy’s hands
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