From his stripped-down masterpiece "Nebraska," "My Father's House" isn't an easy listen, but it is a gorgeous, shining tribute to the memories he and his dad once had. What's remarkable about the song is that it doesn't really resolve the issue at hand, despite the son claiming at the end that "I know I have to go. John Mayer's sentimental favorite "Daughters" covers oh so much ground in its short four-minute runtime: supporting a girlfriend, watching how "girls become lovers who turn into mothers," dealing with family walking out, how boys try to soldier on but can't without "warmth from a woman's good, good heart" -- the list goes on.
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Evan Sawdey is the Interviews Editor at PopMatters and is the host of The Chartographersa music-ranking podcast for pop music nerds. Filed with both warm memories and pent-up resentment, Art Alexakis' ature about an absentee father wraps up all of his mixed feelings into one stellar radio-ready package.
The resulting adult contemporary slow-burn circles around a simple plea: asking for more time with your dad, of playing a song "that would never ever end," just so he could dance with his father again. Prominently covered by The Monkees and featured in their psychedelic nonsense of a film "Head," Harry Nilsson's ode to fatherhood starts off as utterly charming before descending into psychologically taxing territory, all while the big wah-wah horns float and scuffle all around this jaunty little pop tune.
Released during the Pips' prime when they ed to Soul Records, the acoustic guitar-led "Daddy Could Swear, I Declare" is an honest and funky tune about growing up with a father who was a "heck of a man," and although he couldn't read or write, boy could he swear.
Nowadays, dad doesn't own a CD player and can't figure out Spotify, or maybe he's still working but isn't commuting as much due to a global pandemic. If you're looking at a list of songs about d and fatherhood, by law, it has to contain Harry Chapin's seminal folk-pop epic "Cat's in the Cradle.
Even now, it's hard not to hear this sweet, laid-back pop and not get a little teary-eyed yourself. Lil Nas X almost took a role in 'Euphoria': 'I definitely want to get into acting'. The sentiment is simple but deeply effective, honoring assiduous daddies everywhere for their efforts.
With the father advising the son to settle down while the son is adamant about charting his own course in life, the central theme here strikes a recognizable chord. Pleasant, breezy, and full of heart, Will Smith has created one of the finest modern tributes to that special connection between father and son. Stephen King lists his top-five favorite stories he's written.
As much as this list of songs is meant to celebrate fathers, some people had their fathers pass away at a young age, making Father's Day difficult to parse through. It remains not only Chapin's unquestioned calling card but also one of the best songs ever written about fatherhood.
Posted 6 days ago By Evan Sawdey. On "Daddy," the closer to Bey's solo debut "Dangerously in Love" fromshe has nothing but unequivocal praise for her father Matthew Knowles — who also happened to be her manager at the time. Released as the lead single to the soundtrack of "The Wild Thornberries Movie" of all things although it would later make an appearance on his album "Surprise"Paul Simon's Oscar-nominated song about a dad's love for his daughter is breezy, refreshing and genuinely sweet.
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While some of us are lucky to still have our fathers with us, not everyone shares that same experience, and for those people, Kesha articulates those feelings perfectly. While it was revised for his solo effort, "Real Eyes," and dedicated to his daughter Gia Louise, we're suckers for a stripped-down piano-and-voice version featured on the compilation "Nothing New.
In a list full of songs about d and fatherhood, a couple of thematic tropes emerge. Written about his strange compulsion to drive by his father's house time and time again for years on end, Springsteen's homage to his dad talks about the things he inherited and the things left unsaid between them.
What flavor would you like your song about your relationship with your father? The biggest and most obvious one? Although he had no child in any way shape or form at the time it was recorded, the sentiment inside is still stunning in its conviction, as he simply wishes the best for his kid's life.
No matter what, there are still some great songs about fathers out there: the ones dedicated to his love, the ones about a strained relationship and even the ones certain d wrote about their newborn children. It's a powerful, thoughtful that ended up being a chart-topper for The Temptations, an incredible feat given the single edit was seven minutes long and the album cut was close to 12 minutes.
During the third verse, he asks God what to say to his "unborn seed in case I pass away," asking "Will my child get to feel love? ed daily. Always free! From describing sweet moments of going to his baby's crib to describing how funny his son is even when he's disciplining him to dropping some harsher advice about not worrying about people who "make you mad" because "hate in your heart will consume you too," Smith covers a lot of territory in the song's brisk runtime.
One of the most psychologically complex chart-toppers of the decade, "Papa Don't Preach" not only proved to be a feminist anthem but also gave certain d a new perspective on their daughters' struggles.
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John Stamos opens up about wife and 3-year-old son: 'My dreams came true times over'. An album track off her rootsy throwback "My Tennessee Mountain Home," "Daddy's Working Boots" features Parton's sharpened eye for lyrical detail, telling of her hard-working papa through the story of his boots.
Some may still argue who "won" the argument in the end, but at the end of the day, it remains an undisputed folk classic with a universal message.
Entertainment News. There's a litany of great songs about fathers, but in equal measure, there are just as many great songs that fathers have written about their children. There's a dynamic tension between the two, as this very conversation has played out in countless households across the world. Yet after firing her dad in allegedly due to bad blood between him and her husband Jay Zshe revisits the relationship in the standout "Lemonade" album track "Daddy Lessons," which repaints their relationship as that of a gunslinger of a daddy with his daughter learning his ways.
Based on a sample of Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl," 2Pac's momentous track is actually the third single off of his third posthumous record, "Until the End of Time" and it's a lyrically striking gem. There is some hope to be found in the lyrics, but overall, "The Living Years" exists as a post, letting other people know to say the things you want to say to your father before it's too late. They're "just like him, they're tired and worn," and have walked "a million miles or more. Get the latest news and rumors, customized to your favorite sports and teams.
Of all the songs on this list, it's fair to say that this Gil Scott-Heron album cut, initially appearing on his collaborative record with Brian Jackson called Winter in America," is not only the least well known but also arguably the best song of the bunch. Marlon Wayans quit stand-up for 20 years because Chris Rock heckled him.
Another beautiful song about a strained father-daughter relationship, Reba McEntire's country classic is a striking ballad about all the ways to say "I love you" without ever saying "I love you.
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The last true-and-proper single Joel released during his run of studio albums, this sentimental weeper was written as an ode to Joel's daughter Alexa Ray and intended as the kind of lullaby to be passed down from generation to generation. In The Temptations' seminal soul-pop masterpiece "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," the group members try piecing together their father's life following his passing, separating the rumors and town gossip from the truth — unless the rumors are, in fact, true.
Conan O'Brien is 'as far from retirement as you could possibly imagine'. He lives in Chicago with his wonderful husband and can be found on Twitter at SawdEye. With "It Won't Be Like This for Long," Darius Rucker trods familiar territory but still nails the landing, each verse catching his daughters at various ages and noting that "this phase is going to fly by," which in turns le him to want to hold onto every precious moment, even though "at times he'll think she hates him" before he later walks her down the aisle.
Always Free! Taken from 's "Double Fantasy," the critically drubbed album that ended up being Lennon's last full-length released before his murder, this song found new life following the outpouring of grief following his passing, soon turning its parent album into a commercial success and sentimental favorite. With his daughter Blue Ivy listed as a featured artist, the day-old infant become the youngest person in history to have a charting song in the U. Co-written by B. Robertson and based off his own relationship with his dad, "The Living Years" depicts the pain of wanting to resolve things with your father before he passes away but not getting the chance to.
A chart hit and a Grammy winner, it marked a late-career milestone for Vandross shortly before his passing in A piano ballad that hits a seismic crescendo, Amos' swirling traces a family throughout time, with boys and girls learning to group up and be responsible, their parents overwatching and overseeing them.
As such, a song like "Beautiful Boy Darling Boy ", a maudlin ode to his son Sean, was now being viewed as sweet and heartfelt beyond measure, with Lennon's lyrics showing that all he wants to do is comfort his son after a nightmare. A beaming, loving ode to a daughter's daddy, what made Loretta Lynn's '70s classic such a striking was how despite the unabashed praise heaped upon her father, the song still managed to come off as even-handed, with the narrator noting that as a little girl, she was "Not old enough to understand the meaning of depression" and how they lived in a coal-mining town where "education didn't count so much as what you had born in you.
In certain ways, it may have been easier to get gifts for your dad back in the day, as maybe there was a CD or cassette he was missing in his collection — or maybe he needed a quirky new hood ornament for his car or a glass of some very, very nice whiskey. When we're talking about fathers, no one shares the exact same experience, and some people grew up not knowing their father at all.
A genuine anthem and worldwide smash that still trades in ambiguities over three decades since it was first released, this controversial song has the central character pleading to her father about her decision to keep her child with the man she's with right now.