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Favorite Family Themed Songs

Updated on May 31, 2014

This lens is about songs that have significance with the family.

It's undeniable that music has the powerful ability to evoke feelings that bring people together. Music has a profound effect on our emotions and can direct the mood of any gathering, including family reunions. Songs with meaningful lyrics can significantly influence the emotions and evoke feelings of togetherness. Songs can build, mend and heal.

For the adults, songs can bring back long lost memories of the family. For children it will help them learn family values, something that parents can't teach with flash cards or workbooks.

Listening to music together can contribute greatly to building a joyous family. Sing, dance and play with your children and they will naturally come to love the music, the joy and togetherness for the rest of their lives.

There are hundreds of family themed songs out there. I list a few of them here, a mix of songs about the family, bringing up the children, mums, dads and homecoming. I hope you like them.

Dance With My Father Again - Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross' album with the same name won two American Music Awards in 2003 for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album, and four Grammy Awards in 2004 for Song of the Year and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Dance with My Father", Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "The Closer I Get to You" (with Beyoncé), and Best R&B Album.

It was his final album before his death on July 1, 2005.

Lyrics

Back when I was a child

Before life removed all the innocence

My father would lift me high

And dance with my mother and me and then

Spin me around till I fell asleep

Then up the stairs he would carry me

And I knew for sure

I was loved

If I could get another chance

Another walk, another dance with him

I'd play a song that would never, ever end

How I'd love, love, love to dance with my father again

Ooh, ooh

When I and my mother would disagree

To get my way I would run from her to him

He'd make me laugh just to comfort me, yeah, yeah

Then finally make me do just what my mama said

Later that night when I was asleep

He left a dollar under my sheet

Never dreamed that he

Would be gone from me

If I could steal one final glance

One final step, one final dance with him

I'd play a song that would never, ever end

'Cause I'd love, love, love to dance with my father

again

Sometimes I'd listen outside her door

And I'd hear her, mama cryin' for him

I pray for her even more than me

I pray for her even more than me

I know I'm prayin' for much too much

But could You send back the only man she loved

I know You don't do it usually

But Lord, she's dyin' to dance with my father again

Every night I fall asleep

And this is all I ever dream

Everyday (Family Reunion)

From the movie Medea's Family Reunion, sung by Chaka Khan, Gerald Levert,Yolanda Adams and Carl Thomas.

Lyrics

(Carl Thomas)

There are times

When we might not see eye to eye

There are times when we'll have differences

(Chaka Khan)

We can't be around too long before we fight

But it's okay

Cuz i love you anyway

(Gerald LeVert)

There are times

When You you don't

How your gon make it through (gon make it through)

I've been there too

(Yolanda Adams)

You can always rest ashore

Don't be ashamed to share with me

See i am ur family

Yeeeah

Chorus

Everyday(everday) should be(should be) a family reunion

We should speak

From the heart

And let love be the solution

Let us forgive (forgive)

Put the past out of the way(put the past out of the way)

No time to wait (no time to wait)

The time has come to give love everyday

(Carl thomas)

There are times those time when u need to be heard and there are days some days when the pain is beyond words

(Yolanda Adams)

You hold it in

You run You hide

Cling on to pride when deep down you wanna cry

(Gerald LeVert)

There are times

bad times

Family - Dolly Parton

Lyrics

When it's family, you forgive them for they know not what they do

When it's family, you accept them, 'cause you have no choice but to

When it's family, they're a mirror of the worst and best in you

And they always put you to the test

And you always try to do your best

And just pray for God to do the rest, when it's family

Some are preachers, some are gay

Some are addicts, drunks and strays

But not a one is turned away, when it's family

Some are lucky, others ain't

Some are fighters, others faint

Winners, losers, sinners, saints, it's all family

And when it's family you trust them and your heart's an open door

When it's family, you tolerate what you'd kill others for

When it's family, you love and hate and take, then give some more

Somehow you justify mistakes, try to find some better way

To solve the problems day to day, in the family

You take the trouble as it comes and love them more than anyone

Good or bad or indifferent, it's still family

You choose your lovers, you pick your friends

Not the family that you're in, nah

They'll be with you 'til the end, 'cause it's family

And when it's family, you forgive them for they know not what they do

When it's family, they're a mirror of the worst and best in you

When it's family, when it's family

Let me be all that I should be to the family

Get Here - Oleta Adams

Lyrics

You can reach me by railway, you can reach me by trailway

You can reach me on an airplane, you can reach me with your mind

You can reach me by caravan, cross the desert like an Arab man

I don't care how you get here, just- get here if you can

You can reach me by sailboat, climb a tree and swing rope to rope

Take a sled and slide down the slope, into these arms of mine

You can jump on a speedy colt, cross the border in a blaze of hope

I don't care how you get here, just- get here if you can

There are hills and mountains between us

Always something to get over

If I had my way, then surely you would be closer

I need you closer

(interlude, then repeat bridge)

You can windsurf into my life, take me up on a carpet ride

You can make it in a big balloon, but you better make it soon

You can reach me by caravan, cross the desert like an Arab man

I don't care how you get here, just- get here if you can

I don't care, I don't care, I need you right here right now

I need you right here, right now, right by my side (yeah,yeah, yeah, yeah)

I don't care how you get here, just- get here if you can

Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel

Lyrics

Im sittin in the railway station

Got a ticket for my destination

On a tour of one night stands

My suitcase and guitar in hand

And every stop is neatly planned

For a poet and a one man band

Homeward bound

I wish I was

Homeward bound

Home, where my thoughts escaping

Home, where my musics playing

Home, where my love lies waiting

Silently for me

Everydays an endless stream

Of cigarettes and magazines

And each town looks the same to me

The movies and the factories

And every strangers face I see

Reminds me that I long to be

Homeward bound

I wish I was

Homeward bound

Home, where my thoughts escaping

Home, where my musics playing

Home, where my love lies waiting

Silently for me

Tonight Ill sing my songs again

Ill play the game and pretend

But all my words come back to me

In shades of mediocrity

Like emptyness in harmony

I need someone to comfort me

Homeward bound

I wish I was

Homeward bound

Home, where my thoughts escaping

Home, where my musics playing

Home, where my love lies waiting

Silently for me

Silently for me

Silently for me

My Father's Eyes - Eric Clapton

Lyrics

Sailing down behind the sun, waiting for my prince to come.

Praying for the healing rain to restore my soul again.

Just a toerag on the run. How did I get here? What have I done?

When will all my hopes arrive?

How will I know him? When I look in my father's eyes.

Then the light begins to shine and I hear those ancient lullabys.

And as I watched this seedling grow, feel my heart start to overflow

When will I learn the words to say? How do I teach him? What do we play?

If I did, I'd realize

That's when I need him, that's when I need my father's eyes.

Were you really so far away?

Were you really so far away?

Were you really so far away?

Were you really so far away?

Then the jagged edge appears through the distant clouds of tears.

I'm like a bridge that has washed away; my foundations were made of clay.

As my soul slides down to die. How could I lose him? What did I try?

If I did, I'd recognize

He was here with me; I'd looked into my father's eyes.

As my soul slides down to die. How could I lose him? What did I try?

If I did, I'd recognize

He was here with me; I'd looked into my father's eyes.

Summertime Thing - Chuck Prophet

Lyrics

Well the sun is burning down on the pavement

Money in the bank

I ain't gonna save it

Jenny's coming by

Hope she makes it

Jenny's coming by

Sure hope she makes it

It's a summertime thing

Summertime thing

There's a party next door, sounds like it's cooking

I poked my head over the wall

Took a look in

There was a five piece band

They was really rockin'

Looked like some kind of family reunion

Hey - It's a summertime thing

Summertime thing

That summer heat has got me feeling lazy

The air is warm and the sky is hazy

People getting down, getting crazy

People getting down, getting stupid, betting crazy

Hey - it's a summertime thing

Summertime thing

Go ask your dad for the keys to the Honda

Can your sister come along, how could she not wanna

Put the Beach Boys on, wanna hear Help Me Rhonda

Roll down the sides we'll drive to the delta

Take off our clothes and jump into the river

Ain't nobody around

Ain't nobody gonna see us

Take off your clothes jump into the river

Hey - It's a summertime thing

Summertime thing

Teach Your Children - Crosby, Still, Nash & Young

Lyrics

You who are on the road

Must have a code that you can live by

And so become yourself

Because the past is just a goodbye.

Teach your children well,

Their father's hell did slowly go by,

And feed them on your dreams

The one they picked, the one you'll know by.

Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,

So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

And you, of tender years,

Can't know the fears that your elders grew by,

And so please help them with your youth,

They seek the truth before they can die.

Counter Melody To Above Verse:

Can you hear and do you care and

Can't you see we must be free to

Teach your children what you believe in.

Make a world that we can live in.

Teach your parents well,

Their children's hell will slowly go by,

And feed them on your dreams

The one they picked, the one you'll know by.

Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,

So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

The Living Years - Mike & The Mechanics

Lyrics

Every generation

Blames the one before

And all of their frustrations

Come beating on your door

I know that I'm a prisoner

To all my Father held so dear

I know that I'm a hostage

To all his hopes and fears

I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Crumpled bits of paper

Filled with imperfect thought

Stilted conversations

I'm afraid that's all we've got

You say you just don't see it

He says it's perfect sense

You just can't get agreement

In this present tense

We all talk a different language

Talking in defense

Say it loud, say it clear

You can listen as well as you hear

It's too late when we die

To admit we don't see eye to eye

So we open up a quarrel

Between the present and the past

We only sacrifice the future

It's the bitterness that lasts

So Don't yield to the fortunes

You sometimes see as fate

It may have a new perspective

On a different day

And if you don't give up, and don't give in

You may just be O.K.

Say it loud, say it clear

You can listen as well as you hear

It's too late when we die

To admit we don't see eye to eye

I wasn't there that morning

When my Father passed away

I didn't get to tell him

All the things I had to say

I think I caught his spirit

Later that same year

I'm sure I heard his echo

In my baby's newborn tears

I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Say it loud, say it clear

You can listen as well as you hear

It's too late when we die

To admit we don't see eye to eye

Who Says You Can't Go Home - Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles

Lyrics

I've spent 20 years tryin' to get out of this place

I was looking' for somethin' i couldn't replace

I was runin' away from the only thing I've ever known

Like a blind dog without a bone

I was a gypsy lost in the twilight zone

I hijacked a rainbow and crashed into a pot of gold

I've been there done that and I ain't looking' back on the seeds I've sown.

saving dimes, spending too much time on the telephone....

who says you can't go home

who says you can't go home

theres only one place they call you one of their own

Just a hometown boy born a rolling stone

who says you can't go home

who says you can't go back been all around the world and as a matter of fact

theres only one place left i wanna go

who says you can't go home

its alright, its alright, its alright, its alright, its alright

i went as far as i could tryin' to find a new face

There isn't one of these lines that i would erase

i left a million miles of memories on that road

every step i take i know that i'm not alone

You can take the home from the boy but not the boy from his home

these are my streets the only life i've ever known

Who says you can't go home

who says you can't go home

theres only one place they call you one of their own

just a hometown boy born a rolling stone

who says you can't go home

who says you can't go back been all around the world and as a matter of fact

theres only one place left i wanna go

who says you can't go home

Guitar(solo)

Doesn't matter where you are

Doesn't matter where you go

If it's a million miles away

or just a mile up the road

take it in, take it with you when you go

who says you can't go home

who says you can't go back

been all around the world

and as a matter of fact

theres only one place left i wanna go

who says you can't go home

its alright, its alright, its alright, its alright, its alright

who says you can't go home

its alright, its alright, its alright, its alright, its alright

who says you can't go home

its alright, its alright, its alright, its alright, its alright

Who says you can't go home!

You Can Let Go - Crystal Shawanda

Lyrics

Wind blowin' on my face

Sidewalk flyin' beneath my bike

A five year-old's first taste

Of what freedom's really like

He was runnin' right beside me

His hand holdin' on the seat

I took a deep breath and hollered

As I headed for the street

You can let go now, Daddy

You can let go

Oh, I think I'm ready

To do this on my own

It's still a little bit scary

But I want you to know

I'll be ok now, Daddy

You can let go

I was standin' at the altar

Between the two loves of my life

To one I've been a daughter

To one I soon would be a wife

When the preacher asked,

'Who gives this woman?'

Daddy's eyes filled up with tears

He kept holdin' tightly to my arm

'Till I whispered in his ear

You can let go now, Daddy

You can let go

Oh, I think I'm ready

To do this on my own

It still feels a little bit scary

But I want you to know

I'll be ok now, Daddy

You can let go

It was killin' me to see

The strongest man I ever knew

Wastin' away to nothin'

In that hospital room

'You know he's only hangin' on for you'

That's what the night nurse said

My voice and heart were breakin'

As I crawled up in his bed, and said

You can let go now, Daddy

You can let go

Your little girl is ready

To do this on my own

It's gonna be a little bit scary

But I want you to know

I'll be ok now, Daddy

You can let go

You can let go

Which one's your favorite?

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      NecktieCrossHanger 3 years ago

      I began to have lessons with my tutor who was extremely fine! I keep in mind that he could actually enjoy everything.

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      Joanie Ruppel 3 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Great list of songs. One I love is Dan Fogelberg's Forefathers, it would fit perfect on this list. Mike & The Mechanics "Living Years" is also one of my favorites as the verse when the father dies and you hear his echo in his new born baby's ears happened to me, only my dad and I had a wonderful relationship, not so much like the song goes.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Nice song collection!

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      squid2hub 3 years ago

      @Carol Houle: So sorry to hear about your loss. Thank you for dropping by.

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      Carol Houle 3 years ago from Montreal

      Buried my father-in-law yesterday and this is the first lens I looked at today. How bizarre, how appropriate. Thanks for sharing this great lens with us.

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      pjbells 4 years ago

      Hi, this is a great lens, really loved it. Look at this beautiful lullaby on you tube dedicated to the new Prince George of Cambridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMPW7Mdpv8E I think you wil also enjoy it.

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      inspirationz 4 years ago

      so many great songs here! "We are family! doo doo doo.. :)"

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      webmavern 4 years ago

      Great selection of songs bringing back happy memories, thanks!

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Lovely to offer theme songs with a family focus

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      So important ... "Teach Your Children!"

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      What a great choice of songs. That first one brought tears to my eyes.

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      Dance With My Father Again is the one for me

      thanks for this nice themed lens

      thumbs up

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      squid2hub 6 years ago

      @LotusLandry: Thank you for visiting my lens.

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      LotusLandry 6 years ago from Southern California

      A nice and comforting theme -

      from a fellow 'other music genre' lensmaster