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Songs about Fathers

Tattie Bogle 22 Jun 18 - 05:58 PM
GUEST,Andymac 21 Jun 18 - 05:20 AM
GUEST,Observer 20 Jun 18 - 01:04 PM
radriano 20 Jun 18 - 12:13 PM
GUEST,JHW 17 Jun 18 - 05:22 PM
Neil D 17 Jun 18 - 06:20 AM
SINSULL 19 May 11 - 02:01 PM
Sandy Mc Lean 18 May 11 - 10:44 PM
MorwenEdhelwen1 18 May 11 - 06:18 PM
Genie 20 Jun 09 - 06:23 PM
Geordie-Peorgie 17 Jul 08 - 03:07 PM
Roger in Baltimore 16 Jul 08 - 05:10 PM
Genie 16 Jul 08 - 04:57 PM
Big Tim 09 Nov 02 - 11:14 AM
sharyn 09 Nov 02 - 01:26 AM
Malachy 08 Nov 02 - 06:53 PM
Nigel Parsons 08 Nov 02 - 04:28 PM
KingBrilliant 24 Jun 02 - 09:23 AM
Whistle Stop 24 Jun 02 - 07:50 AM
Genie 21 Jun 02 - 07:09 PM
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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 22 Jun 18 - 05:58 PM

Although the title is "Mothers, Daughters, Wives", Judy Small's song certainly mentions fathers (and sons) in the chorus.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: GUEST,Andymac
Date: 21 Jun 18 - 05:20 AM

Iain MacKintosh used to sing a fine song called "My Old Man" . I don't recall much of it but it started with

I miss the old man tonight,
I can almost see his smile
With his old hat and his big cigar,
He could look you in the eye and sell you a car.

It goes on to

He never talked about the war,
In France when he was 18
The day they put him in a trench,
Was the day he learned sense and never again used violence.

And ends with


For the first time since he died
Late last night I cried,
I'd wondered when I was going to do that,
For my old man.

It really is a fabulous sensitive song.
The last verse always led to lots of reflection and not a few sniffles.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: GUEST,Observer
Date: 20 Jun 18 - 01:04 PM

Billy Mitchell's - Mitchell 1915 - 1972

Born 1915 on the South of the Tyne
He worked on a seam in the West Wylam mine
Like his father before him and most of their kind
He fought for the coal with his life on the line

Storm Clouds upon us 1939
No stranger to danger he willingly signed
On a free trip to Europe for a man in his prime
He fought for the Crown with his life on the line

Six years of killin' and stayin' alive
Home to a wife and a laddie of five
Then it's on with his pit boots and a Davey to shine
And back down the pit with his life on the line

Six years of hewin' down in that black hole
But the pit's runnin' dry and they say no more coal
Not financially viable the pit owners whined
So he's out in the cold with a livin' to find

So at forty years old to Newcastle he came
Ex-soldier, ex-miner, just a pawn in the game
In a bar in Newcastle he served out his time
He lived his life so that I could live mine

He laid down his life so that I could live mine.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: radriano
Date: 20 Jun 18 - 12:13 PM

Check out this Mudcat thread that point to a traditional Polish haying song about a father and son working together:


https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=63150


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: GUEST,JHW
Date: 17 Jun 18 - 05:22 PM

Well yes I'm aware its Father's Day but I won't be doing any of that sort of thing.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Neil D
Date: 17 Jun 18 - 06:20 AM

ALWAYS TO BE KIND
It's twenty years since my father passed
And I miss him still the same
He was never one for putting money back
But he left me his good name
There were hundreds at his funeral
As from near and far they came
But few are left who remember him
And I think that that's a shame

So I'd speak of him to you gathered here
If I can only find
The proper words to illuminate
The image from my mind
My father was as true a man
As nature has designed
The most important thing I learned from him
Was always to be kind

Be kind to your neighbor
Be kind to your kin
Be kind to the stranger
Who just might need a friend
Be kind to God's creatures
In the field and in the pen
Be kind to the sinner
In spite of the sin

Whenever we would take a trip
Dad like to drive right through the night
We'd stop at Howard Johnson's when
We needed a quick bite
Late one night this man came in
He was bedraggled, such a sight
And the way he's talking to himself
You knew things just weren't right

Well others might have turned away
Said "Come on kids, it's time to go"
But my dad slid in next to him
"Let me buy you a cup-a-joe"
Then he waited patiently
To hear his tale of woe
And once that man got started in
The words and tears did flow

See he he'd just come from an accident
He was the first one on the scene
Of a school bus that had lost control
And plunged down a ravine
It only took one grizzly look
And he knew it would mean
Seeing horror on that rainy night
That could ne'er be unseen

Still he waited for responders there
So he could be their guide
Helped carry tiny bodies up
And lay them out at the roadside
See life sometimes demands of us
More than one can abide
Now he sat amongst us broken
Like some part of him had died

My father knew what was needed then
Was that common human bond
He was determined not to leave his side
Till that driver could go on
So they talked and listened through the night
As the hours rolled toward dawn
Let him purge the darkness from his heart
Till the worst of it was gone

I like to think dad helped the man
Helped alleviate his pain
I'd like to think he found the words
To keep a good man sane
I'd like to think he'd brought him back
To our living world again
When he climbed back in that Peterbilt
And drove off through the rain

Be kind to your neighbor
Be kind to your kin
Be kind to that stranger
Who just might need a friend
Be kind to God's creatures
In the field and in the pen
Be kind to the sinner
In spite of the sin

My father knew a guitar man
From down home when they were young
Their paths still crossed at gatherings
Where the good old songs were sung
But this guitar man caught his cheating wife
And went right for his gun
He'd shot that lonely woman dead
Before he knew what he had done

When dad was going to visit him
Out at the Stark County pen
I got up on my high horse
Said "Why waste your time on him?
Don't you know what he has done
Is the lowest human sin?"
Dad said before he'd done that deed
He'd always been his friend

Well it took me years to understand
What my father did that day
So when he got home I spouted off
"Well, what did he have to say?"
Dad said he knew that he'd done wrong
And was well prepared to pay
Dad took his hand between his own
And they bowed their heads to pray

Be kind to your neighbor
Be kind to your kin
Be kind to the stranger
Who just might need a friend
Be kind to God's creatures
In the field and in the pen
Be kind to the sinner
In spite of the sin

My father was as true a man
As nature has designed
The greatest thing I learned from him
Is always to be kind

               Neil Devore



If you still have a father, get a hold of him today. Tell him Happy Father's Day for me.
If you are a father, Happy Father's Day from me.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: SINSULL
Date: 19 May 11 - 02:01 PM

A Boy Named Sue?


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 18 May 11 - 10:44 PM

In an old post Big Mick refers to The Old Man by Phil Coulter. Years ago I went to a Furey Brothers concert. Finbar gave a glowing sketch of his father Ted who had passed away. Ted was one of Ireland's best fiddlers. Finbar told how Coulter had written this song for them and said that they had recently recorded it. He then sang the song and I heard it for the first time. To shorten the story I bought the tape from them to learn it and I still sing it. The best father's song ever!


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 18 May 11 - 06:18 PM

Brown Skin Girl- "but the blue-eyed baby ain't know she father".


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Genie
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 06:23 PM

Luther Vandross singing "Dance With My Father"


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Geordie-Peorgie
Date: 17 Jul 08 - 03:07 PM

Dougie MacLean - Talking With My Father"

I'm talking with my father.
He's talking with his son,         
And I don't need to look any farther
for the one I have become         
And he says, "Listen to that curlew
That's a sound I love to hear.
It's a strange reflection that we look through
That finally finds us here".

Chorus
In this place where life's heart thunders
In this place where time holds still
In this place of harmony and wonder
And values, not of gold, fulfil

I'm walking with my father
Across these gentle Perthshire hills
It's timeless mysteries that we gather
and make the mem'ries that we fill
He says, "Don't fix what is not broken
No need to find what's not been lost
For it's a heavy gate we have to open
and endless fields we have to cross"

Chorus
In this place where life's heart thunders
In this place where time holds still
In this place of harmony and wonder
And values, not of gold, fulfil

There will always be the brave one
Who'll be the one who turns away
With all too many things left undone
And so it's left to say

Talking with my father.
He's talking with his son,
And I don't need to look any farther
for the one I have become

Chorus
In this place where life's heart thunders
In this place where time holds still
In this place of harmony and wonder
And values, not of gold, fulfil


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 16 Jul 08 - 05:10 PM

Guy refers to this song as one of his "wrist splitters". I still can't even read through it without a tear.

The Randall Knife by Guy Clark

My father had a Randall knife
My mother gave it to him
When he went off to WWII
To save us all from ruin
If you've ever held a Randall knife
Then you know my father well
If a better blade was ever made
It was probably forged in hell

My father was a good man
A lawyer by his trade
And only once did I ever see
Him misuse the blade
It almost cut his thumb off
When he took it for a tool
The knife was made for darker things
And you could not bend the rules

He let me take it camping once
On a Boy Scout jamboree
And I broke a half an inch off
Trying to stick it in a tree
I hid it from him for a while
But the knife and he were one
He put it in his bottom drawer
Without a hard word one

There it slept and there it stayed
For twenty some odd years
Sort of like Excalibur
Except waiting for a tear

My father died when I was forty
And I couldn't find a way to cry
Not because I didn't love him
Not because he didn't try
I'd cried for every lesser thing
Whiskey, pain and beauty
But he deserved a better tear
And I was not quite ready

So we took his ashed out to sea
And poured `em off the stern
And threw the roses in the wake
Of everything we'd learned
When we got back to the house
They asked me what I wanted
Not the lawbooks not the watch
I need the things he's haunted

My hand burned for the Randall knife
There in the bottom drawer
And I found a tear for my father's life
And all that it stood for



And here is Si Kahn. A master of simplicity.

Gone, Gonna Rise Again
(Si Kahn)

I remember the year that my granddaddy died
   Gone, gonna rise again
They dug his grave on the mountainside
   Gone, gonna rise again
I was too young to understand
The way he felt about the land
But I could read his history in his hand
   Gone, gonna rise again

It's corn in the crib and apples in the bin
Ham in the smokehouse and cotton in the gin
Cows in the barn and hogs in the lot
You know, he never had a lot
But he worked like a devil for the living he got

These apple trees on the mountainside
He planted the seeds just before he died
I guess he knew that he'd never see
The red fruit hanging from the tree
But he planted the seeds for his children and me

High on the ridge above the farm
I think of my people that have gone on
Like a tree that grows in the mountain ground
The storms of life have cut them down
But the new wood springs from roots in the ground

Big RiB


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Genie
Date: 16 Jul 08 - 04:57 PM

I just found a YouTube of Jimmie Rodgers singing "Daddy And Home". I'd never seen him on film before, so this was a real treat.


Genie


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Subject: Lyr Add: BARNEY
From: Big Tim
Date: 09 Nov 02 - 11:14 AM

"BARNEY" - melody = "True Love Knows No Season"

Barney was born on a Donegal hillside, three years before the Great War began,
And spending his boyhood midst green fields and clear streams, he learned there a life-lasting love for the land,
But came the great sickness of nineteen and eighteen that carried his hard-working father away,
And left his poor mother with five hungry children to struggle to clothe and feed every day.

His family was taken and scattered to the four winds, each of those children had to work to survive,
So Barney's work started at the tender age of eight years and only very rarely stopped til he died,
On a Protestant farm in the green glens of Antrim, he worked hard his food and board for to pay,
But happy to find there some good honest people, at the cutting of the corn and the baling of the hay.

At the age of 18 he crossed over to Britain, to work with his hands and the sweat of his brow,
And somehow, somewhere there between Yorkshire and Glasgow, he mastered the fine craftsman's art of the trowel,
With hands that were skilled and with long working hours and with his young Glasgow bride by his side,
He set up his first home in a wee room and kitchen and settled down to raise a family with pride.

In the next seven years along came four children, each of them strong and strapping young lads,
And Barney worked overtime, Saturday, Sunday, for food for their bellies and clothes for their backs,
And the boys grew up quickly with good Glasgow accents and they had to be strong and hard to survive,
But though they were rough and ready on the outside, inside their true Irish souls stayed alive.

And Barney kept working and striving and saving, enjoying a few pints of beer now and then,
For his sons had all grown and were earning a living, at last there was time and the money to spend,
And the day came around on his 65th birthday to return once again to his sweet Donegal,
And though 58 long years had passed since he left it, he still loved Lough Foyle and the land best of all.

His last years were spent at the foot of the green hill that's called in the old Irish language Crockglass,
Happy again there midst green fields and clear streams, though deep in his heart knew that all things must pass,
Now Barney you've gone to your vision of Heaven, but we'll always love and remember you well,
And God, he knows maybe, some day we'll see you, where all the good people of earth go to dwell.

I wrote this a some kind of consolation for my mother when my father Barney died in 1990.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THAT'S MY JOB (Gary Burr)
From: sharyn
Date: 09 Nov 02 - 01:26 AM

There's a really good song called "THAT'S MY JOB" -- by Gary Burr -- about a son's experience of a father. I got it from Bob Reid.

I woke up crying late at night when I was very young
And I had dreamed my father had passed away and gone.
My world revolved around him -- I couldn't lie there anymore
So I made my way down the mirrored hall and tapped upon his door

And I said, "Daddy, I'm so afraid
How will I go on with you gone that way?
Don't want to cry anymore,
So may I stay with you?"

He said, "That's my job.
That's what I do.
Everything I do is because of you
To keep you safe with me:
That's my job, you see."

Later we barely got along, this teenage boy and he.
Most of the fights, it seems, were over different dreams we each had for me:
He wanted knowledge and learning -- I wanted to fly out West,
Said, "I could make it out there if I just had the fare --
I've got half -- will you loan me the rest?"

"Daddy, I'm so afraid,
There's no guarantee in the plans I've made
And if I should fail
Who will pay my way back home.

He said, "That's my job ..."

Woke up early one bright fall day to spread the tragic news:
After all my travel I settled down within a mile or two.
I make my living with words and rhymes and all this tragedy
Should go into my head and out instead as bits of poetry

Daddy, I'm so afraid,
How will I go on with you gone this way?
How can I come up with a song to say
I love you?

That's my job.
That's what I do.
Everything I do is because of you
To keep you safe with me.
That's my job, you see.

__

It looks a little raggedy on the page -- you have to hear it sung.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Malachy
Date: 08 Nov 02 - 06:53 PM

Whistle Stop.   I think Dolly Parton wrote 'To Daddy' as done by Emmylou.


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Subject: LYR ADD: Father's Day
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 08 Nov 02 - 04:28 PM

FATHER'S DAY
(Performed by Groucho Marx)

Today, father, is father's day,
And we're giving you a tie.
It's not much we know,
It's just our way of showing you
We think you are a regular guy.
You say that it was nice of us to bother.
But it really was a pleasure to fuss,
For according to our mother,
You're our father,
And that's good enough for us.
Yes, that's good enough for us


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Subject: Lyr Add: MY OLD MAN (Ian Dury)
From: KingBrilliant
Date: 24 Jun 02 - 09:23 AM

Here's my favourite - by Ian Dury (best wordsmith ever I would argue):


My Old Man

My old man wore three piece whistles
He was never home for long
Drove a bus for London Transport
He knew where he belonged
Number 18 down to Euston
Double decker move along
Double decker move along
My old man

Later on he drove a Roller
Chauffeuring for foreign men
Dropped his aitches on occasion
Said, "Cor blimey!" now and then
Did the crossword in the Standard
At the airport in the rain
At the airport in the rain
My old man

Wouldn't ever let his governers
Call him 'Billy', he was proud
Personal reasons make a difference
His last boss was allowed
Perhaps he had to keep his distance
Made a racket when he rowed
Made a racket when he rowed
My old man
My old man

My old man was fairly handsome
He smoked too many cigs
Lived in one room in Victoria
He was tidy in his digs
Had to have an operation
When his ulcer got too big
When his ulcer got too big
My old man
My old man

Seven years went out the window
We met as one to one
Died before we'd done much talking
Relations had begun
All the while we thought about each other
All the best, mate, from your son
All the best, mate, from your son
My old man
My old man


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Whistle Stop
Date: 24 Jun 02 - 07:50 AM

Emmylou Harris did a nice one years ago called "To Daddy"; I don't know who wrote it. Also, there's Bruce Springsteen's "Independence Day," which I think is a magnificent piece of work. I know it's something close to heresy to mention Springsteen on this forum, but I figure that we've already broken the ice with some of the other folks mentioned above.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DADDY AND HOME (Jimmie Rodgers)
From: Genie
Date: 21 Jun 02 - 07:09 PM

I found the following song HERE.

DADDY AND HOME

1. I am dreaming tonight of an old southern town
And the best friend that I ever had,
For I've grown so weary of roaming around.
I'm going back home to my dad.

CHORUS: Your hair has turned to silver; I know you're fading too.
Daddy dear, oh daddy-ee, I'm coming back to you.
You made my boyhood happy, but still I long to roam.
I've had my way, but now I'll say, I long for you and for home.

Yo-duh-lay-ee-ay, de-oh-lay-ee,
Yo-de-oh-lay-ee, ay-deo-lay-ee.
Oh-lay-ee-oh, lee-oh-lay-ee.

2. Dear old daddy, you shared my sorrows and joy.
You tried to bring me up right.
I know you'll still be just one of the boys,
So I'm starting back home tonight.

REPEAT CHORUS AND YODELING

Artist: Jimmie Rodgers; Transcribed from Rounder CD 1057 "Jimmie Rodgers: "The Early Years, 1928-1929". Lyrics in this version recorded in Camden, NJ, June 12, 1928, featuring Jimmy on solo vocal and guitar.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Grab
Date: 17 Jun 02 - 08:21 AM

No-one's yet mentioned Tom Paxton's song "My favorite Spring". Lyrics in this link.

Graham.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: TeriLu
Date: 15 Jun 02 - 01:20 AM

How about another Judy Collins recorded, titled, "Liverpool Lullabye"? And one by the Burns sisters about their father, "My Father's Blue Eyes." And does the old peter, Paul and Mary song, "Day Is Done," qualify? This si great that I stumbled on this thread tonight - my Dad's 82 birthday is the 19th of June, and of course , Father's Day this weekend. I've made several attempts at a song for him. I wrote one for he and my mother, which they heard me perform in public once. I find it incredibly hard to write songs about people I feel very close to.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 15 Jun 02 - 12:00 AM

My favorite, which no one seems to have mentioned above, is, "Gone- gonna rise again!"


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: mousethief
Date: 14 Jun 02 - 05:54 PM

There was that incredibly sappy song in the late 60s or early 70s called "Patches" that was about a boy trying to carry on the legacy of his father. Bleh. But at the time I loved it.

Here's another vote for Fogelberg's tribute to his father. Beautiful song.

The Kingston Trio (don't shoot! don't shoot!) did a song called I think "The Reverend Mr. Black" which turns out to be about the singer's father.

Alex


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: leprechaun
Date: 14 Jun 02 - 05:43 PM

Papa Was a Rollin' Stone.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Genie
Date: 14 Jun 02 - 02:55 PM

Then there's "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" from "Yentl."

Genie

PS, as Joe O. said at the beginning of this thread, there are a lot of songs that mention father--and, I'd add, there are a lot of songs about the fatherland and "God, the Father"--but this thread is about finding songs with "father" [human, presumably] as the main or a major theme.

In that vein, I'd add "A Boy Named Sue."


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: 53
Date: 14 Jun 02 - 02:19 PM

Where the Corn Don't Grow by Waylon Jennings the covered by Travis Tritt is a great song about daddy's.


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU CAN ALWAYS KISS YOUR DAD
From: Murph10566
Date: 14 Jun 02 - 01:41 PM

Here's one I wrote for a friend who passed on a while back; Tom K. was fond of telling his kids that 'No matter what you've done, you can always come to me - you can always kiss your Father'.

Happy Father's Day to all our/you Dads, Pops, Das, et al -

YOU CAN ALWAYS KISS YOUR DAD

Who knew the years would fly so fast?
How precious was the time we had!
'Though all good things must end at last,
You can always kiss your dad.

Those days I wasn't there for you,
The many times I made you mad,
I did the best that I could do.
You can always kiss your dad.

CHORUS: Remember that I'm always here.
You're everything I hold most dear,
And when I'm gone, I'll still be near.
You can always kiss your dad.

How wonderful you've turned out!
I guess I didn't do so bad.
You're what my life was all about.
You can always kiss your dad.

CHORUS: Remember that I'm always here.
You kids are all I hold most dear,
And when I'm gone, I'll still be near.
You can always kiss your dad.
You can always kiss your dad.
And a little hug… wouldn't be… too bad.

Tim Murphy
(c) 2001


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 14 Jun 02 - 12:32 PM

Mae hen wlad fy nhadau: O land of my fathers: Welsh national anthem!


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Genie
Date: 14 Jun 02 - 12:22 PM

click here


Here are a few past thread titles which pertain to songs about fathers. (I.e., if you're new to Mudcat, just cut and paste the title into the "Filter" box.)

Songs about Fathers

14-Jun-02 -
Navy Hymn Eternal Father Strong to Save

28-May-02 -
Lyr/Chords Req: her father didn't like me any

22-Feb-02 -
Grandfathers Song

05-Feb-02 -
Father was a deacon

03-Feb-02 -
Tune Req: My Father Once Said to Me

07-Jan-02 -
Lyr Req: Help Please- Grandfather talking w/ Lord

Lyr Req: Music-hall song 'And so does Father'

30-Sep-01 -
Lyr Req: FATHER

28-Sep-01 -
need songs about mothers and fathers

10-Sep-01 -
when father was away on business

23-Aug-01 -
Lyr&Tune Req: Her Father Didn't Like Me

15-Jun-01 -
Lyr Req: Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway

12-Apr-01 -
Lyr Req: Hooray x3 They're Hanging Father

08-Apr-01 -
grandfather tell me all

17-Mar-01 -
My Father's Mansion

20-Feb-01 -
Lyr Add: Fathers Song by Ewan McColl

20-Feb-01 -
Lyr Req: Song from my grandfather

01-Feb-01
A father's song

28-Oct-00 -
Lyr Req: fathers grave

25-Oct-00 -
seeking song about girl w/ promiscuous father

14-Oct-00 -
BS: Father of the Nation

25-Sep-00 -
Info on The Sash My Father Wore?

14-Jul-00 -
Thought for Father's Day - June 18, 2000

20-Jun-00 -
Equal time for Fathers Day

05-Jun-00 -
On My Father's Side:Lyrics?

18-Jan-00 -
The father / son thing

16-Nov-99 -
Lyr. Req:"The hat my Father Wore"

07-Nov-99 -
Lyr Add: The Hash my Father scored

07-Nov-99 -
MUS req: Good Old Father Emu (Australia)

20-Jul-99 -
Happy Father's Day

22-Jun-99 -
Thought for the day- June 20-Happy Father's D


Genie


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: GUEST,Pooby
Date: 14 Jun 02 - 12:17 PM

All good choices, but I haven't yet seen my personal favorite, the medley of "Everybody Works But Father" and "Father's Day" from the album "An Evening with Groucho Marx. Here's the lyrics, with Groucho's song intros:

"Years ago when there were many songs written about mothers, you know like "Mammy," "Ireland Must Be Heaven", "Mom, They're Making Eyes At Me", "My Mother's Eyes", nobody ever wrote any song about fathers. Father was the town schlemiel in almost every place. He was nothing; mother was the boss. I think there were two songs that I remember: "Pop Goes the Weasel" and "Oh, What A Crumb Is My Old Man". I remember one more song; it's called:

EVERYBODY WORKS BUT FATHER

Everybody works but father,
He sits around all day.
Feet in front of the fireplace,
Smoking his pipe of clay.
Mother takes in washing,
So does Sister Ann.
Everybody works in our house
But my old man.

"That was a big hit, that song. They even sang it in Europe, in Germany."

Alle schaft aber nicht Vater.
Er geht der ganze Tag herum.
Und raucht der verdammte Pfeife,
Das alles geht driblen drum.
Und Mutter nimmt den Vasching
Und auch tut Schwester Ann.
Alle arbeiten in unser Platz,
Aber nicht der alter Mann.

FATHER'S DAY

"I have a friend in Hollywood. I think I knew him, but I'm not so sure. His name is Harry Ruby, and he wrote a lot of songs, that I've sung over the years."

Today, father, is father's day,
And we're giving you a tie.
It's not much, we know,
It's just our way of showing you
We think you are a regular guy.

You say that it was nice of us to bother.
But it really was a pleasure to fuss,
For according to our mother,
You are our father,
And that's good enough for us.
Yes, that's good enough for us.

Thanks, Joe, for starting this thread. It gave me incentive to look for these lyrics (via Google, which was a lot easier than digging out my old vinyl LP copy of "An Evening with Groucho." Happy Father's Day, one and all.

Pooby


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Genie
Date: 14 Jun 02 - 11:47 AM

"Daddy, What If?" by Shel Silverstein

"Daddy Dear" sung by Cab and Lael Calloway

"Something Wonderful" from "The King and I" -- sung by the king's no. 1 wife, but just as applicable to fathers

And for funny songs, there's "Father's Whiskers"

Also, in a lighter vein, when I do Father's Day programs, I like to throw in "My Heart Belongs To Daddy" and "Papa, Won't You Dance With Me" and "I Am My Own Grandpa."


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE FATHER SONG
From: Gypsy
Date: 30 Oct 01 - 12:34 AM

Irreverent, but a favorite!

THE FATHER SONG

My father came across the sea from Ireland.
He was quiet, but they say that he was wise.
He and mother did their best
To give us a roof and all the rest,
But to talk to us, he never had the time (had the time).

Sure, he'd say, "Pass the butter," or "Come here, young girl"
Or "Be quiet," or "No, you can't have a dime"--
Until the day when I was leavin'
That he finally found a reason
For sharing his philosophy of life.

He said...
CHORUS: A monkey's fart should smell like a banana.
English farts should smell like cups of tea.
The farting of a fairy
Should be very light and airy.
When a father farts, I hope you'll think of me (think of me).

An Irish fart should always lilt with laughter.
It should melt your heart and melt your shorts as well.
A lion's fart should roar with power.
Cuckoos should fart every hour.
A nun's fart should have meaning but no smell.

A strong man's fart should roar out like a trumpet.
A pretty girl's should barely even squeak.
But the person you can trust
Is the one who'd rather bust
Than ever let one rip right in the street (right in the street).

Well, from my old man, this really was an earful,
And I tried to understand just what he meant.
His words were primitive, but strong,
So I wouldn't get them wrong.
He was saying to be careful as I went (as I went);
Remember who to look up to
And whatever else I might do,
Remember that most of what you get from folks is just escaping gas.

CHORUS

Parenthetical repeats are done in harmony.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: GUEST,Adrienne
Date: 29 Oct 01 - 10:29 PM

There's an old song by Henry Clay Work called "Come Home, Father" in which a child begs his father to come home from the bar, because his little brother Benny is very sick. Hours pass, the father is still at the bar, and little Benny dies. (It was one of my father's favorite songs as a kid!)

Nicolette Larsen sang a beautiful song called "The Angels Rejoiced" about a father who finds religion after his wife dies.

And there's a wonderful song about stepfathers--I'm not sure who wrote it or sings it, but it has the line "I hope I'm at least half the dad, that he didn't have to be."


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Subject: Lyr Add: MY OLD MAN (Ian Dury)
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 29 Oct 01 - 11:52 AM

Ian Dury's last verse is tinged with regret at what he'd missed.

MY OLD MAN

My old man wore three piece whistles
He was never home for long
Drove a bus for London Transport
He knew where he belonged
Number 18 down to Euston
Double decker move along
Double decker move along
My old man

Later on he drove a Roller
Chauffeuring for foreign men
Dropped his aitches on occasion
Said, "Cor blimey!" now and then
Did the crossword in the Standard
At the airport in the rain
At the airport in the rain
My old man

Wouldn't ever let his governors
Call him 'Billy', he was proud
Personal reasons make a difference
His last boss was allowed
Perhaps he had to keep his distance
Made a racket when he rowed
Made a racket when he rowed
My old man
My old man

My old man was fairly handsome
He smoked too many cigs
Lived in one room in Victoria
He was tidy in his digs
Had to have an operation
When his ulcer got too big
When his ulcer got too big
My old man
My old man

Seven years went out the window
We met as one to one
Died before we'd done much talking
Relations had begun
All the while we thought about each other
All the best, mate, from your son
All the best, mate, from your son
My old man
My old man

LFF


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: breezy
Date: 28 Oct 01 - 06:18 PM

as a father and as a son this thread has made me as one.God bless all who can express the emotions that others feel but cant themselves put into words and music.There is no time like the NOW.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 28 Oct 01 - 06:00 PM

Snuffy, the song Jock quotes is the one written by Ewan McColl. To my knowledge, Brian McNeill has (so far) only written about his grandfather.

The version of 'Generations of Change' in the DT gets many of the names wrong. A more reliable version can be found at My Songbook.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: GUEST,harvey andrews
Date: 28 Oct 01 - 03:05 PM

My own Father was central to my life and just about the best a boy could have.."This song's for my Father" is about our relationship. This song, sung by a Father to his son and daughter, was written in reaction to the way Fathers seemed to be getting written out of the script of life, or , if they were written in it was as abusers or as feckless abandoners.I know many men like this Father and this song often caused a sly hand to steal to an eye and a whispered "thank you" as the audience left. My own vote goes to Steve Goodman and Dave Mallett.

I'm Here

If you ever feel you'd rather
Talk it over with your Father..I'm here
If you ever need that fiver
A chauffeur for a driver...I'm here
If you ever feel like thinking
aloud when choice is shrinking
and you'd like to talk whilst drinking a beer
I'll buy the pints and I'll listen, 'cause I'm here

If you need a cook-a-luncher
a rustle-up-a-bruncher..I'm here
If you need someone to hold on
when you've been knocked down and rolled on...I'm here
If you've ever been so lied to
by someone your love was tied to
I can tell you that I've cried too, King Lear
But I promise I won't joke, I won't jeer...I'm here

Yes I'm here because that's all I can be
I've raised you and I've praised you
now you're free
And my days go by so fast
I've less future and more past
And there'll come that day at last I'll disappear
There'll come that day at last I won't be here

So if you ever need a shoulder
when your warm world's getting colder..I'm here
If you ever need an old man
to talk sport with your new man...I'm here
If you ever feel like somedays
your life is rainy Sundays
and you only think of Mondays with fear
Three sixty five days a year...I'm here

And if you ever feel that maybe
you'd like to leave the baby..I'm here
If you need the family story
the mad, the bad, the gory...I'm here
if you need the why and wherefore
the this, the that, the therefore
if you need someone to care for and be near
If there's no one else around...I'm here


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Snuffy
Date: 28 Oct 01 - 02:42 PM

Jock Morris - There is a song in the DT database called "My Old Man" that goes:

My old man was good old man, Skilled in the moulding trade, In the stinking heat of the iron foundry My old man was made....

Both in the DT and on my Ewan MacColl CD, authorship is given to MacColl. But with MacColl nothing is ever straightforward - when does Brian McNeil's version date from?

WassaiL! V


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: TonyK
Date: 29 Sep 00 - 11:36 PM

Speaking of Kate Wolf, Ely, there's also 'The Eye of a Painter.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Ely
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 05:54 PM

"Daddy, What's A Train"--??

KAte Wolf's "I never knew my father" is sad but pretty


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Subject: Lyr Add: Semper Fi^^
From: TonyK
Date: 27 Sep 00 - 11:51 PM

I've seen some very good songs mentioned in this thread, Joe. Thanks for starting it. My favorites are Goodman's My Old Man & Mike Smith's I Brought My Father With Me. Here's another powerful one you may have heard.
"Semper Fi" - by John Gorka


My father met Eleanor Roosevelt in 1945
The war at last was over then and they were still alive
Her husband was the president 'til he ran out of time
Her Franklin D was history, they'd put him on the dime

My father joined the leathernecks to stay out of the mines
The new marine was just fifteen in 1939
There were medals and malaria, the South Pacific war
Through jungles that were paradise and were paradise no more

chorus
Soldiers fight and soldiers die, soldiers live to wonder why
Semper Fi Fee Fo Fum, look out peacetime, here we come

Some of the men who did survive were not the lucky ones
War is only good for those who make and sell the guns
My father lay recovering, the hurt was all inside
Sometimes the wounds that never heal are easiest to hide

When Eleanor came bearing gifts to San Francisco Bay
She gave my dad a blanket in the hospital that day
That blanket meant a lot to him, my mother has it still
Some forget the kindnesses that others never will

chorus


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Callie
Date: 27 Sep 00 - 11:19 PM

From the father's point of view:

Vince Jones "My Baby Comes To Me"
Chris de Burgh "I'm Counting on You"
Paul Kelly "When I Met Your Ma"

and also

Danny Hathaway "Song for My Father"

Weddings Parties Anything "Father's Day"

and at a stretch, Neil Young's "Old Man".

Callie


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: richlmo
Date: 27 Sep 00 - 10:40 PM

Guy Clarke's, "The Randall Knife "- pretty depressing


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Jock Morris
Date: 27 Sep 00 - 08:22 AM

Brian McNeil wrote one which goes something like:

My old man was a working man, skilled in the moulding trade, In the cold blue heat of the Carron Foundry my old man was made....

Sorry, can't remember any more:-(


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: GUEST,jaze
Date: 27 Sep 00 - 01:59 AM

How about Eric Andersen's beautiful "Wind amd Sand" also Joan Baez' "Gulf Winds" and her "My Father's House"


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 26 Sep 00 - 02:07 AM

The Monkey Fart song, which I recorded a few years ago, was written by my friend Mike Barrett, originally from Pittsburgh, now living in Cambridge, Mass. He also wrote the timeless Mom's Lullabye. Credit where credit is due. Hi, Gene Shay! welcome to Mudcat.
All the best. Seamus


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Mbo
Date: 26 Sep 00 - 12:35 AM

Is she ripping off Eric Bogle?


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Subject: Lyr Add: BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY^^
From: Stewie
Date: 26 Sep 00 - 12:33 AM

Here's a poignant piece by Emmylou Harris from her brand-new 'Red Dirt Girl' album – at least, Colin Irwin says in a review that it is about her father, and I am happy to take his word for it. Check out the album. It's lovely – every bit as good as 'Wrecking Ball' I reckon.

BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY
(Emmylou Harris/Guy Clark)

I meant to ask you how to fix that car
I always meant to ask you about the war
And what you saw across the bridge too far
Did it leave a scar?

Or how you navigated wings of fire and steel
Up where heaven had no more secrets to conceal
And still you found the ground beneath your wheels
How did it feel?

Bang the drum slowly, play the pipe lowly
To dust be returning, from dust we begin
Bang the drum slowly, I'll speak of things holy
Above and below me, world without end

I meant to ask you how, when everything seemed lost
And your fate was in a game of dice they tossed
There was still that line you would never cross
At any cost

I meant to ask you how you lived what you believed
With nothing but your heart up your sleeve
And if you ever really were deceived
By the likes of me

Bang the drum slowly, play the pipe lowly
To dust be returning, from dust we begin
Bang the drum slowly, I'll speak of things holy
Above and below me, world without end

Gone now is the day and gone the sun
There is peace now tonight all over Arlington
But the song of my life will still be sung
By the light
Of the moon you hung

I meant to ask you how to plough that field
I meant to bring you water from the well
And be the one beside you when you fell
Could you tell?

Bang the drum slowly, play the pipe lowly
To dust be returning, from dust we begin
Bang the drum slowly, I'll speak of things holy
Above and below me, world without end

Copyright Poodlebone Music/EMI April Music Inc (ASCAP)

Source: Emmylou Harris 'Red Dirt Girl' Nonesuch Records 79616-2.


--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fathers
From: Big Mick
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 11:03 PM

And, of course, there is Phil Coulter's "The Old Man" which was written for the father of the Furey Brothers. For a discussion of it and a couple of others like it, CLICK HERE.

Joe, thanks for the quick reply on "Song of my Da". And don't forget, I owe you a singing of "The Old Man".

Mick


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