Emily comes home from schoolGrabs onto her daddy's handHe says, "Baby girl, what's wrong with you?"She says, "Please, don't make me go back there again"
She said, "I wish there was some way to make 'em stop it"So he drives down to that principles office and says
"I didn't bring her upSo they could cut her downI didn't bring her hereSo they could shut her outI live my whole damn lifeTo see that little girl's smileSo why are tears pouring down that sweet face?She wasn't brought up that way"
Emily's home late againHe sees that boy drive awayOh, but something's different this timeShe doesn't have too much to say
She said, "He tried but there's just some things I won't do"And through the tears she said "I couldn't do that to you"And he said
"I didn't bring you upSo he could wear you downTake that innocent heartAnd turn it inside outI live my whole damn lifeTo see my little girl's smileSo don't let nobody take that awayYou weren't brought up that way"
The phone rings on a rainy nightSays, "It's officer Tate"He said, "Sir, there's been an accidentYou better come down here right awayA drunken driver missed an over passAnd, Emily, she's fading fast"He says
"God, I didn't bring her upTo watch them lay her downNearly killed me the dayThey put her momma in the groundOnly thing kept me aliveWas that little girl's smileSo, please, don't take that awayIt won't be easy taking her todayShe wasn't brought up that way"
He stands over the hospital bedEmily opens her eyes