The song is about a singer who has just come home only to see his little girl is growing up and has already grown a ton since the last time he saw her. He realizes that he hasn’t been there for her like he should. He states that the hardest part of his job isn’t the bills he has to pay, but the things he’s missed while he was away. The song gets heavier as it moves along when the father sees a picture on the refrigerator of him and his daughter that his daughter drew. He realizes that she isn’t the only being missed in the family. The song itself is very quiet in its production, adding no more than an acoustic guitar, a piano, and a fiddle.
What will really grab you is Green’s vocal performance. It’s earnest, heartbreaking, and I’m sure that as a singer, he truly feels what he is singing about. This is what I love most about Country music, the honest, gut punching emotional deliveries that truly make a listener sympathize with the artist.
Overall, this single is one of the best in Country music so far this year, and is a perfect example of solid Country gold.
Listen: “While I Was Away”