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song of the day: fatherhood edition

Faith No More - RV (download)

I think it's time I had a talk with my kids
I'll just tell 'em what my daddy told me

Are there any good songs about fathers? And don't say Cat's in the Cradle because that's not a good song. And don't say Butterfly Kisses or I'll have to kill you. Twice.



You don't like Bob Carlisle?

Is it because he is religious? :)

Papa Come Quick-Bonnie Raitt
Tough Little Boys-Gary Allan
Papa Was a Rollin' Stone-The Temptations
Daddy's Little Girl-The Mills Brothers

No, Marc. It's not because he's religious. It's because I hate sappy songs. And you are really getting on my last nerve with your comments about religion (or my lack of it). You're about thisclose to being called a troll.

On a lighter note - Anna: My father used to sing "Daddy's Little Girl" to us all the time. It's one of the many wonderful memories of my childhood. He sang it to each of us (his three daughters) as we danced with him at our weddings.

If I was a troll, would I give you my real email and URL?

I know we probably will never agree on the religion issue. I'm just trying to dig into your psychy a bit about that. As a suggestion, I'd be interested to know more about your beliefs through a post. You probably already wrote one...link?

I was also semi-joking. I never take myself too seriously, especially in the blogging realm. Have you read my blog?

Favor? Stop trying to dig into my psych, especially on posts that have nothing to do with religion. Saying something like "you probably don' t like this song because the singer is religious" is troll worthy.

When I want to talk about religion, I will. Until then, I'd rather not engage in wanton therapy with a virtual stranger about my atheism.


I won't bring up religion and you can spell Marc right. :)

Oh...and I agree with you. It is an extremely sappy song.

I won't bring up religion and you can spell Marc right. :)

I have no idea what you could mean by that.

/i have the power

Leader of the Band...Dan Folgelberg. (Sorry if that's spelled wrong)

I didn't get to dance with my Dad to Daddy's Little Girl at my wedding because the band didn't know it! Not a good recommendation for a wedding band!

Had a Dad by Janes Addiction

Ok, Michele, you'll have to kill me 4 times.

I love Butterfly Kisses. It chokes me up almost to the point of tears. I have a 3 year old daughter and that song is exactly how I hope our relationship turns out to be.

Killing #3-4: Kenny Loggins - Pooh Corner. And I mean the one from a few years ago with a short cameo by Amy Grant, not the one from the 70's.

Yes, I have tastes in music that would make you physically ill :)

I like Rooster because Jerry Cantrell wrote it while trying to understand the point of view of his father as a (young and bitter) man, not just as a father, which must have been difficult given their estrangement.

I heard the song led to them reconciling; I hope that story was true.

Everclear-Father of Mine

Forgot this one: Paul Westerberg-My Dad.

Father & Son -- Cat Stevens

Daddy Daddy Daddy -- Zappa/Mothers

Bow Tie Daddy -- Zappa/Mothers

Hungry Freaks Daddy -- Zappa/Mothers

And one could argue that damn near everything R. Waters has written for decades has been about his father/the absence thereof.

But you could also say that everthing Waters has said, done, written, performed or thought about for the past decades has been about ROGER WATERS.

Feh on him.

I know you have the power. Feel free to delete my original comments if you see fit.

As far as the spelling, again sense of humor thing. When you first replied to my comment you started with: Mark, but I'm spelled Marc. Like Michele, instead of Michelle. That's all.

Just so you know, I'll stick to my word and not bring it up again. I think you know that I've been reading and posting here for a while to realize I'm not a troll. Remember Gretchen, she first turned me to your blog. I host her blog on my server.

Anyway, my comments are just observations from the way some of your posts come across to me in your "blog voice." Much like some people have different personalities through email or in person. As I'm sure I my comments may have sounded different to you than I intended them to. I'm pretty far away from judgemental as far as people go. I'm more into why people think what they do...especially when their opinions differ from mine.

Does that make sense?

Well I always thought Rod Stewart singing FOREVER YOUNG was a song a father would sing to his child.

Mike & The Mechanics -- Living Years
Red Sovine -- Daddy's Girl
Johnny Cash -- Daddy Sang Bass
Dale Daniel -- Daddy's Little Girl
Reba McIntyre -- Daddy

Country music seems to have a better range of good dads...

(And no, I'm not a country fan. I went looking for the lyrics to "Daddy's Girl," and found a bunch of "Daddy" songs.)


Better Johnny Cash song:

Boy Named Sue

well, Jim Croce's Time in a Bottle was written for his new baby...not technically FOR fathers, but still

(and yes, I'm really old to remember Jim Croce)

I recommend the Winstons' late-60s soul opus "Color Him Father," which is that rarest of creatures: a matter-of-fact tearjerker.

"Life of a Salesman" - Yellowcard

"Now I'm older I want to be the same as you".

Yellowcard is a poppy, girl-friendly young band and it is surprsing to see this content coming out of that scene.

"Forever Young" is the song I'd wanna dig my father up and make him sing to me.

StrobeAlific: So, Getting kinda culty, eh? Y'now, there's remedies for that kind of dementia.

Jay Tea: Yes, you are dangerously close to redneckeddom... Jeez, Reba?

Am I the only father (besides my own) who thinks the whole "Father's Day" hype is just that?

A song about dad, or rather a father to a son, was Forever Young, which marked the formal decline of Rod Stewarts career.

I don't think I've ever heard B-fly Kisses, but that sounds like a sappy title.

Igor: It's times like this that I remember what my old dad used to say.

Dr. Frankenstein: What was that?

Igor: "What the hell are you doing in the bathroom all day and night? Why don't you get out of there and give someone else a chance?"

(notice, I didn't actually say the title of thae forbidden song, so I hope to be spared the double killing. As for harry Chapin, he did so much other music that far exceeded the other, aforementioned, forbidden title.)

Late to the party as usual.

Country does have some good dad songs. On Keith Urban's second album, "Golden Road" "Song for Dad":

There were times I thought he was bein' just a little bit hard on me.
But now I understand he was makin' me become the man he knew that I could be.
An' everything he ever did, he always did with love.
An' I'm proud today to say I'm his son.
When somebody says: "I hope I get to meet your Dad."
I just smile and say: "You already have."

The older I get the more I can see,
How much he loved my mother and my brother and me.
An' he did the best that he could,
And I only hope when I have my own family,
That every day I see,
A little more of my father in me.



A couple of off-beat ones here:

I love Kid Rock's 'My Oedipus Complex.' Not really a happy song about dads, but a song about dads nonetheless.

And Uncle Kracker's 'Letter to my Daughters' is from a dad's point of view, about the regrets of a musician always on the road. Good stuff, expecially for those of us who can kind of relate because we work so much (my wife and I just had our first baby in January).

I know it's a little late, but "My Old Man" by Steve Goodman beats all the others hands down.