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Father and Son Songs
A Dedication to the Complicated and Beautiful Relationship of Father and Son Expressed Through Song
Here you'll find some of the best songs to describe a father and son relationship. The words to the songs are very touching, and many of the songs you may well already know.
This web page creation was inspired by a song/poem, and now Video Poem I wrote called "When a Son Loses His Father". This page has since expanded from a theme focused on the loss of a father, to father and son related songs and poetry discussing this complicated and beautiful relationship from a broader perspective.
As a mother of four sons, and a sister to two brothers, I can safely say, "I understand a little bit about the relationship between fathers and their sons".
When all is said and done, and the problems are washed to the side and what's left are a father and his son standing face to face, just six words sum it all up: There is such beauty in it.
Father and Son by Cat Stevens
Father & Son Song by Cat Stevens:
This song just makes me cry every single time I hear it. It's so beautiful. I have four sons and two step sons, and my husband and I love them all so much that we can't possibly explain the depth. This song makes me think of what my husband might sing to them. The part where he says, "look at me, I am old, but I'm happy"...that's what we want for these beautiful children of ours - first and foremost, to be happy in this life.
A Song for Dad, Keith Urban
A Song for Dad by Keith Urban
This song makes me cry. The words are perfect blend of a sons reflection on how he is becoming more like his dad. It's moving to listen to Keith Urban describe a respect and understanding that a son learns he has for father. The lyrics describe how "everyday I see a little more of my father in me". If you appreciate descriptive story telling lyrics, you'll love this song.
Letter to Me, Brad Paisley
Letter to Me by Brad Paisley
Although this song is not directly about a father and son, it still has a powerful message in the lyrics. Its about what a grown man would write to himself at 17. As we get older, our perspective changes, and yes we grow wiser; and this life story from boy to man is written in a way that we can all totally relate to. It's a goose-bump song.
If I Could, Barbra Streisand
If I Could, by Barbra Streisand
As I understand it, Barbra Streisand dedicated this song to her son. You will really appreciate the way love is expressed in these lyrics: The words say exactly how my husband and I feel about our sons -... "if I could, I would give them courage in a world of compromise, teach them all the things I never learned, help them cross the bridges that I burned...if I could...I would". Take the time to listen to this song, it's beautiful.
He Didn't Have to Be, Brad Paisley
Oh my goodness, get out the tissue for this one! With so many step families today, this song pays tribute to all the first rate step-dads out there. Again, another set of lyrics that sketch out a life story as if you've lived it.
My Father's House by Bruce Springsteen
You'll notice the video I linked to here isn't the best quality, but the banter by Bruce at the beginning, before he sings, makes it worth listening to. It's a story of a son going back home to visit what was once his father's house. It's touching, and really grasps the journey we take through this life, and how holding onto what was, or letting go of what was, no matter how wonderful or how bad, are equally painful dilemmas.
Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross
I don't mean to keep making you cry, but good luck listening to this one without shedding a few! "....cause I'de love my Mother to dance with my Father again...." "I prayed for her even more than me"....oh my gosh, how insanely moving are these words.
Hell Yeah - Great Song by Neil Diamond!
.How do I start talking about this song - It's absolutely incredible! If you're looking for a song where a man is talking about and reflecting upon his life, long lived, and filled with lessons that age brings, well this is your pick. When my husband and I watched his special on CBS and this song began, we were both visibly moved by the song...to the point where my hubby said, "when I leave this earth, play this song for me".
Dear Father by Neil Diamond
This song features very simple words that make a powerful impact because of the epic music surrounding the words. It's so very beautiful, enjoy
Who You'd Be Today, Kenny Chesney
What a beautiful song by Kenny Chesney! Touching song about losing someone too soon. Emotional lyrics about someone passing too soon. A lovely dedication choice.
The Story Behind "When a Son Loses His Father"
When someone close to me lost their father, I felt very compelled to write a poem that would accurately describe and respect their relationship. Despite the imperfections in this relationship with his dad, he loved his father unconditionally, flaws and all.
Funny thing was, when I was attempting to write this piece of work, I struggled the entire day to find the best words that would paint an accurate picture. Finally, at the end of the day, I gave up, left my office and computer and headed out on my front step with a nice cold glass of white wine, and no sooner did I sit down to enjoy just one sip, when a light bulb of words swarmed over me. (..and I really only had a sip at that point...)
I headed back down to my office and wrote this entire poem in 20 minutes.
When A Son Loses His Father
Poll - I'm a Dad and...
I'm a Dad and...
Listen Here to 'When I Get Where I'm Going'
When I Get Where I'm Going - Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton
Such a peaceful song to honor someone that has passed. It's sad, but beautiful. When I get where I'm going, they'll be only happy tears and shed the sins and struggles I have carried all these years...lovely lovely words. Will make you cry.
Father to Son, Phil Collins
Phil Collins - Father to Son
This song is exceptionally beautiful. It speaks about a father who passed early in life and he's giving life messages to his son left behind to grow up without him. Very very moving.
Cats in the Cradle, Harry Chapin
Cat's In the Craddle by Harry Chapin
Well the lyrics to this song, and this song, are infamous...and scary. The idea of son following in his father's footsteps are frightening when painted by these words. The circle of life may need to be broken in this case.
Poll Question - My Father Passed Away and...
My Father Passed Away and...
© 2007 Barbara Tremblay Cipak