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Father and Son Songs

Updated on November 19, 2017
Father and Son
Father and Son

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 the point where my hubby said, "when I leave this earth, play this song for me".

Dear Father by Neil Diamond

Dear Father (Rebuked)
Dear Father (Rebuked)

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

Who You'd Be Today
Who You'd Be Today

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

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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.

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© 2007 Barbara Tremblay Cipak

Are You or Were You Close with Your Dad? Your Thoughts are Appreciated

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      John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      I was close to my dad but really feel that I could have been much closer. No real issues but I think we both had problems showing our feelings. I saw your first song by Cat Stevens and your conmment. I also find my eyes filling with tears when I hear this.

      I also find The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics brings out an emotional response, This was released just after my Dad died with cancer and I played it over and over and over.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Yes, we were close. And I missed him up to now.

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      VioletteRose LM 4 years ago

      Beautiful :)

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      My father died after a long illness when I was 5, so I never really knew him. It's also why I try to be there for my kids as much as possible. Some great songs here, with the Cat Stevens one probably my favorite.

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      TACTCI LM 5 years ago

      Another great take-me-back lens! Great job on this page, helps remember how great and blessed we are to have Dads. Hope my kids will feel this way as well one day.

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      Enjoyed the read, especially your poems. Coincidentally, My favourite from this list would also be Father And Son (Cat Stevens) - blessed

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      Othercatt 6 years ago

      That song He Didn't Have to Be by Brad Paisley has always given me goosebumps because it's so sweet and so true.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Very nice collection of poems about fathers and sons. Thanks for sharing this,

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      BusyMOM LM 6 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. I'm very touched by it. Thanks for opening your heart and sharing this.

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      TheBaseballCoach 6 years ago

      Wonderful father and son songs and poems

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very beautiful and inspiring lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great memories. Thank you

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      Love the lens, thanks for sharing all your hard work

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Very touching lens, great poems for fathers and fathers to be. Keep it up

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I may be his daughter, not son, but I do so miss my Daddy. (And mama, too)

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      BunnyBoiler 6 years ago

      A hard topic, but a nice read. It made me think about how we don't always recognize the love and sacrifice of our fathers, until we're fathers ourselves. It's a deeper love than I ever thought it would be.

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      Thomas Holley 6 years ago from Evansville, IN

      My dad passed 2/16/11. He is greatly missed.

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      Great lens...I was looking for some poems about Father's and Sons for my husband...he is an awesome dad to our son...and I found this...I love it! Thanks! I've lensrolled into my Best Gifts for Men lens.

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      scar4 7 years ago

      I missed my father very much, but he has gone to another world already!

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      Krafick 7 years ago

      Very nice lens.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      @anonymous: thanks, I'll check it out,


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I often listen cat steven song for many years..but I think you must add "simple plan-perfect" to your list, I'm really3x love that song

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      A very nice lens. Thank you, I really enjoyed listening to When I Get Where I'm Going - Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton.

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      Kelsey-Budden-16 7 years ago

      I must say, this is a nice lens. I choked up when reading a few of these poems and listening to the poem/song video you had up there. I never truly had my father with me. I know him but don't know him personally. He lives in another community. After reading this, it makes me want to try to get in touch with him. Too bad it's too difficult in my case.

      By the way, if I was a Squid Angel, I'd bless this lens!

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      mich1908 7 years ago

      Nice lense. I'm a daughter who had a great dad. It's been years since he passed on and still being missed terribly.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I would love to have you in my Parenting Group!

      Parenting on Squidoo. I'll even create a special category just for you!


      Hollywood Glam on a Budget

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      life-squid 9 years ago

      Very Nice Lens. I have created a lens on the Best Poems For Funerals which I hope will help people in their time of grief, I hope you will drop by and take a look

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      rksmythe lm 10 years ago

      Very moving! Fortunately, my dad was a great example for me, so my son has benefited. I love being a dad.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      SemperFidelis, that video you put the link to was so moving, the tears poured. Thank you.

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      teamlane 10 years ago

      Very nice. A 5 from me! My husband is a great Dad and I am thankful. This video is probably the most touching father video I've ever seen. :)

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      Lady Gotrocks 10 years ago

      Wonderful lens.

      You are invited to join the Raising Stars group

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Connie, I'm moved by your words,

      Thank you, Barb

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      gods_grace_notes 10 years ago

      I'm not a son, but I relate to the loss of father...this is a very touching lens, and I am happy you have found meaning, and are so willing to "contribute." I will be perusing the resources you have here. Nice lens...Connie aka Squid Angel