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Pat Green's Heartbreaking Song 'While I Was Away' Sheds Light On Absent Parents (VIDEO)

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Pat Green sure knows how to tug at the heartstrings. His touching song, "While I Was Away" sheds light on parents that are military, truck drivers, flight attendants, traveling salesman, and many, many other careers that keep them away from their families for extended periods of time.

"While I Was Away" pays tribute to those parents that can't make it home when they'd like to. Pat is no stranger to that as he's a country artist and has toured for around two decades. The music video points to several different careers, flashing pictures that represent the jobs, as well as the children and families that they are missing.

"You made a pile of leaves in the front yard / I guess it's already fall / By the look of them pictures your momma took / The two of you had a ball / And it made me glad, but a little sad / To see those games you played / I missed a lot of smiles / While I was away." Those words bring a bittersweet feeling, knowing your child is growing and is enjoying his or her life, but at the same time, the distant parent is missing out on all the little moments. It really brings into view the difficulties families face and makes us appreciate the time we have with our loved ones that much more.

"I think this song is doing so well because it tells the truth about the human condition, and dang it, it just pulls on the heartstrings!" Pat tells PEOPLE, also revealing that he wrote this song for his own children. "This video is special because it reminds us that everyone has a common bond: love for our children ... as well as the feeling that our 'kids being kids' goes by way too fast."

This relatable song really knows how to speak to the heart and believe us when we say, it's a must-see.

WHILE I WAS AWAY LYRICS

By the time I made it home
You were already in bed
Chubby cheek pressed to the pillow
By a bed time book you read
And I noticed that you looked older
Than you did yesterday
You've been growing up
While I was away

You made a pile of leaves in the front yard
I guess it's already fall
By the look of them pictures your momma took
The two of you had a ball
And it made me glad, but a little sad
To see those games you played
I missed a lot of smiles
While I was away

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

And I found your note in the kitchen
It's a real work of art
A stickman holding your stick hand with "Daddy" written in a heart
And it got me good 'cause I understood just what you meant to say
You've been missing me too
While I Was Away

And for every dollar I earn there's a lesson you learn without me there
For every day I'm on the go I'm prayin' that you know 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

No the hardest part about working hard ain't the bills I gotta pay
It's everything that I missed
While I was away

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