Monday, March 28, 2011

The father-son song dilemma

Me: Why are you on youtube?
K: Trying to find a good father-son song.
Me: There's Cat's in the Cradle.
K: I said, a good father-son song.
Me: That's a GREAT song!
K: I meant, a song I could sing to my son without worrying he may hate me at some point in the distant future.
Me: Oh. Any luck?
K: Nope.

So I asked DJ Googly and it seems that K is right:

Father-Daughter Songs

As long as one and one is two there could never be a father who loved his daughter more than I love you. [Father and Daughter]

I've got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it's cold outside, I've got the month of May. I guess you'd say. What can make me feel this way? My girl. [My Girl]

In my daughter's eyes darkness turns to light and the world is at peace I find reason to believe, in my daughter's eyes. [In My Daughter's Eyes]

I thank God for butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer sticking little white flowers all up in her hair. [Butterfly Kisses]

Father-Son Songs

I got no love from my daddy cause the coward wasn't there. He passed away and I didn't cry, cause my anger wouldn't let me feel for a stranger They say I'm wrong and I'm heartless, but all along I was lookin for a father he was gone. [Dear Mama]

How can I try to explain, when I do he turns away again. From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen. I know that I have to go away. [Father & Son]

Papa was a rolling stone. Wherever he lay his hat was his home. All he left us was alone. [Papa Was a Rolling Stone]

My son turned ten just the other day. He said "Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on lets play, can you teach me to throw?" I said, "Not today, I got a lot to do" [Cat's in the Cradle]

It appears musicians love their little girls. And hate their fathers. An interesting conundrum since K loves singing to his son, and Waleed, if the brightness of his smile is any indication, thinks his father's voice has no equal [granted, Waleed's experience is limited]. So until we find a positive father-son song, or a singer who likes his dad pens a song, we'll be adapting.

As long as one and one are two. . . .
Are we missing something? Heard any non-therapy inducing father-son songs lately?

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

So SWEET!!! :D

Aisha said...

Thanks Anon :)

Aramelle said...

Have you ever heard "Song for Dad" by Keith Urban? I love that song!

From the chorus:
The older I get
The more I can see
How much he loved my mother and my brother and me
And he did the best that he could
And I only hope when I have my own family
That everyday I see
A little more of my father in me

Banshee said...

How about Just the Two of Us by Will Smith? He wrote that for his son...parts of it would work anyway

"You're living proof that dreams do come true
I love you and I'm here for you

Just the two of us, we can make it if we try
Just the two of us, (Just the two of us)
Just the two of us, building castles in the sky
Just the two of us, you and I"

rickshawdiaries said...

Just change it from "My Girl" to "My Boy" & K's all set :)

It makes me wonder about songs written by daughters about their mothers, & vice versa. Relationships with same gender parents are complex.

sprogblogger said...

Huh. I never thought about that. But then, I'm having a bit of a hard time finding good mama/son songs...

And, that's one seriously beautiful photo of K & W. There is (lack of good songs notwithstanding) something so very wonderful about seeing a boy with his daddy.

E said...

Viktor loves when his daddy plays the guitar!

Yandie, Goddess of Pickles. said...

@rickshawdiaries I don't think I've ever hear a mother/daughter song :-S

Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue" is another trauma-inducing father/son song.

In a weird way "Coward of the County" could be considered a heart-warming father/son song, if you don't think about the fact that the dad was kind of a loser, and dead.

"Promise me son
Not to do the things I've done,
Walk away from trouble if you can
It don't mean you're weak
If you turn the other cheek
Son I hope you'll understand
You don't have to fight to be a man."

Oh and as much as I hate this song, Creed's "With Arms Wide Open" is a good father/son song.

Yandie, Goddess of Pickles. said...

Oh!!! Danny's Song by Loggin's and Messina.. that's a GREAT song

"People smile and tell me I'm a lucky one
and we've just begun
Think I'm gonna have a son
He will be like she and me
As free as a dove
Conceived in love
Sun is gonna shine above"

(btw, I stumbled here from the Bloggess' site.)

Aisha said...

Banshee, and Aramelle! Awesome! Glad to know there are some songs! I forgot about "Just the two of us"

Rickshaw, yes there are not many mother-son songs, there's Lauryn Hill's song to her son Zion which is lovely though- and then there's Tupac's "Dear mama" which tears me up, BUT not the sort of song you'd want your kid singing to you, lol.

Susan, as I told Baraka above, yes there aren't a lot of mom- son songs- but yes seeing a boy cuddle with his dad: *melt*

E, lucky viktor!

Yankie! Thanks!!!! Great advice- I never heard of these songs, I appreciate the heads up- and isn't the bloggess awesome?

rickshawdiaries said...

@Yandie: Just thinking about this a little more: Tilie Olsen put together an amazing anthology of poetry from mother to daughter & daughter to mother which included the full range of complex emotions and which I really enjoyed in college.

I also did a quick search on songs & came up with "She's somebody's hero" by Jamie O'Neal, "The greatest love of all" by Whitney Houston, "In my daughter's eyes" by Martina McBride, "I Hope You Dance" by Faith Hill, "The Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler, & "Letting Go" by Suzy Bogguss.

Aisha said...

So glad I wrote about this- awesome songs I've discovered!

rickshawdiaries said...

Here's some that you wouldn't mind W singing to you - or you to him :)

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
A song for mama by Boyz II Men
Perfect Fan by Backstreet Boys

Aramelle said...

For mother/son songs, I absolutely adore "Simple Man" by Lynard Skynard. I have been singing that to Z since the day we found out we were having a boy.

rickshawdiaries said...

@Aramelle- I love it. Will start singing it to my son today :)

Aisha said...

I'm looking these up Baraka :)

Simple Man!!! I haven't heard it but Skynard ROCKS thanks Aramelle!!!

iamstacey said...

This really doesn't add to the topic, but my dad makes up little songs for each of the grandkids. He starts singing them to them as soon as they're born, and I have to admit, when they're sad or hurt, they always feel better when PopPop sings them their special song. The song for the first grandson, Cayle, was "Little Fishie in the Sea," then came his brother, Andon, who got "Little Birdie in the Sky." However, today I was NOT impressed when I passed dad's office and heard him softly singing to Davie, "Silly Little Goose, As Stinky As a Moose." Really? That's the song the granddaughter gets? Her diaper was really full, though...

iamstacey said...

Oh! Your hubby is hot! You guys are the cutest couple, ever! No wonder Waleed is so adorable! The pic of them together is so sweet, I love it! Make more babies, quick! :D

theimpatientoptimist said...

Frances England does a FatherChild song, but written from the child's perspective.
"Daddy-O"
http://www.francesengland.com/music.php

Aisha said...

Stacey- HOW ADORABLE!!!!! I LOVE that your dad makes a special song for each child- but had to laugh at loud at the one he's currently beta testing on your beautiful little bundle, LOL. And thanks for the sweet words about my hubby lol! Yes more babies coming right up! ;)

ImpatientOptimist, Thanks for the link. I can't believe I thoguht there were none, and now I have enough to make a mixed tape! :)

mezba said...

No "Papa Kehta Hain" for you? :-)

Aisha said...

Mezba, that is YET another stressed out father-son relationship song! LOL I guess its cross-cultural :)

Anonymous said...

Salaam, "Forever by Zain Bhikha feat. Muhammad Bhikha" is such an adorable nasheed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuoe5iLi3Ts

:)

Janice said...

Oh how sweet the two of you.How awesome knowing that you have a good father-son relationship.

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