Me too. Mike Rutherford couldn't even bring himself to sing it which is why Paul Carrack took the lead. What makes it so sad is it's how Mike really felt about his dad, but never got the chance to tell him while he was alive. Very sad song.
Actually Mike Rutherford was never really the singer in Mike and The Mechanics, He was the writer and guitarist. Paul Carrack and the Late Paul Young (different one), were the main singers, It was also written with BA Robertson. Most of the Lyrics came from him as like mike he too had lost his father at the time.