Daddy Was a Sick​-​Hearted Singer

by Matt Arbogast

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Birmingham 03:17
Interlude 01:28
Tattoo 03:56
96 03:19


My Dear Daughter,

When your mom and I found out you were coming we were really excited. I was scared to death too, so I started doing the thing that helps me keep my head screwed on. I started writing songs. In a couple of months I had a whole album of songs about things that might be hard to talk to you about later.

A few friends helped me record them soon before you were born. Mom even helped me sing one of them. And Tess made it on here too.

I hope this record helps you understand why I sneak off into the basement some nights and why I leave you and mom at home for a couple weeks at a time. These rough, weird songs brought me to Chicago, brought me to your mom and now bring me to you. Whenever I try to give up on them I turn into a sad jerk. I don't want to be a sad jerk.

You don't have to like them. You don't have to listen to them often. I just wanted to make sure you have something to remember me by when you're traveling the world, living far away or I'm not here to tell you how much I love you anymore.

Now let's go take Tess for a walk.



released July 28, 2017

Out July 28, 2017. Order CD at

The song “Daddy was a Sick-Hearted Singer” was written in December 2016. The others followed soon after. We recorded them at 8AM in April 2017. They were written by Matt Arbogast & played by Matt, Sean Bonnette, Shanna Fritsch, David Jerkovich, Elizabeth Remis, Timothy Remis and Tess. They were produced by Sean Bonnette. They were mastered by TW Walsh.

For my daughter and her mother.




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