fatherofmine [List] 10 Rock Songs Dedicated To Fathers

Everclear - Father of Mine

The patriarch of a family is often considered to be the alpha dog, capable of handling themselves in any given situation.  They’re the badasses in the family.  We lean upon them for guidance, support, and blunt honesty that sometimes can be the last thing we want to hear.  Such characteristics sometimes force us to take our fathers for granted. We lose sight that they need our love as much as we need theirs, and no matter how stern or sullen they may seem, it’s often because they care about us so damn much.

For those who are fortunate enough to have a nurturing Dad, we’ve compiled a top ten list of songs for Father’s Day.  It’s our way of saying, “Dad, I love you,” or “Dad, I’m in Jail,” or well, you get the point.

Daddy Sang Bass – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Johnny Cash[/lastfm]

One of Johnny Cash’s beauties.  ”The Man in Black” sings of rejoining his mother and father in the heavens, where they’ll sit in a circle and play some tunes together.  Weren’t expecting some Johnny in this post were you?  He’s too old for your taste?  Well this is a post for our elder fathers, so we’re gonna get a little old school from time to time.

I remember when I was a lad
Times were hard and things were bad
But there’s a silver linin’ behind every cloud
Just poor people that’s all we were
Tryin’ to make a livin’ out of blackland earth
But we’d get together in a family circle singin’ loud

Daddy sang bass, Mama sang tenor
Me and little brother would join right in there
Singin’ seems to help a troubled soul

Father Of Mine – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Everclear[/lastfm]

This is actually quite the opposite from saying, “Dad, I love you.”  Actually, you could really decode it as saying, “Gee, thanks dad for running out on me when I was a mere child, lost and alone.  I really could have used your help along the way.  So, now that I’m a big successful rock star, check out this awesome middle-finger I have for you!”

The song rocks, even though some of our father’s don’t.  I’m just trying to reach as many people as possible here okay!

Father of mine
Tell me where have you been
You know I just closed my eyes
My whole world disappeared

Father of mine
Take me back to the day
Yeah when I was still your golden boy
Back before you went away

Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]U2[/lastfm]

So you thought Bono was full of crap did you?  Well, I dare you to say that after this heartfelt track that’s about his father who passed away of cancer.  A man who was battling for his life, but was too stubborn to ask for help.  Now take that South Park.  I bet you feel pretty…crappy?

You don’t have to put up a fight
You don’t have to always be right
Let me take some of the punches
For you tonight

Listen to me now
I need to let you know
You don’t have to go it alone

And it’s you when I look in the mirror
And it’s you when I don’t pick up the phone
Sometimes you can’t make it on your own

Hello, Dad I’m In Jail – Was Not Was

What.  The.  Eff.  No really, I don’t have a clue what this is or why it exists. Maybe its sole purpose was to eventually find its way to KROQ.com and steal over one-minute of your life, of which you will never get back.  This makes less sense than salad fingers folks, and I never though I would write such a sentence.

(P.S. Please don’t ask me for the lyrics.)

Rooster – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Alice In Chains[/lastfm]

As the son of a father who was in Vietnam, I can certainly appreciate this song.  ”Rooster” speaks from the perspective of guitarist Jerry Cantrell’s father who served in the war, roaming through the violent and verdant jungle with thoughts of son and wife circling his head.

Walkin’ tall machine gun man
They spit on me in my home land
Gloria sent me pictures of my boy
Got my pills ‘gainst mosquito death
My buddy’s breathin’ his dyin’ breath
Oh god please won’t you help me make it through

Here they come to snuff the rooster 
Yeah here come the rooster, yeah 
You know he ain’t gonna die 
No, no, no ya know he ain’t gonna die

Father And Son – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cat Stevens[/lastfm]

A song that touches so many of Cat Steven’s fans, “Father and Son” is a song about a father who doesn’t let his son break away.  Cat sings from the perspective of both the father, and the son, changing pitches to distinguish the role he is speaking.

It’s not time to make a change,
Just sit down, take it slowly.
You’re still young, that’s your fault,
There’s so much you have to go through.
Find a girl, settle down,
if you want you can marry.
Look at me, I am old, but I’m happy.

All the times that I cried, keeping all the things I knew inside,
It’s hard, but it’s harder to ignore it.
If they were right, I’d agree, but it’s them you know not me.
Now there’s a way and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go.

Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]James Brown[/lastfm]

Get a little funky with me here, and forget the fact this song has absolutely nothing to do with Father’s Day.  It’s about doing something new with ya bad self, and that’s something we all should attend to.  Listen to this song when you wake up.  It might change your life.  At the very least it teaches you not to be a wallflower, even if you think you look cool.  You don’t.  You look like need a hug is what you look like.

 He’s doing the Jerk…. 
He’s doing the Fly 
Don’t play him cheap ’cause you know he ain’t shy 
He’s doing the Monkey, the Mashed Potatoes, Jump back Jack, See you later 

Come here sister 
Papa’s in the swing 
He ain’t too hip now 
but I can dig that new breed babe; 
He ain’t no drag 
He’s got a brand new bag

On And On And On – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wilco[/lastfm]

Probably one of the best gifts a son can give to his grieving father.  A song that’s hard not to shed a tear for.  The lyrics aim to calm his father’s sadness, after losing his wife (Tweedy’s mother), and assuring him that someday the three of them will be together again.

one day we’ll disappear
together in a dream
however short or long
our lives are going to be

i will live in you
or you will live in me
until we disappear
together in a dream

please don’t cry
we’re designed to die
you can’t deny
even the gentlest tide

Father Christmas – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Kinks[/lastfm]

It’s Christmas time!  In June!  Well, the way this weather has behaving it might as well be winter.  Seriously weather, what’s your deal lately?  Cheer the f**k up!  In the mean time check out one of my favorite tracks by 60’s rock/pop group The Kinks.

When I was small I believed in Santa Clause
Though I knew it was my dad
And I would hang up my stocking at Christmas
Open my presents and I’d be glad

But the last time I played Father Christmas
I stood outside a department store
A gang of kids came over and mugged me
And knocked my reindeer to the floor

They said:
Father Christmas, give us some money
Don’t mess around with those silly toys.
We’ll beat you up if you don’t hand it over
We want your bread so don’t make us annoyed
Give all the toys to the little rich boys

Wake Me Up When September Ends – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Green Day[/lastfm]

Another song about the loss of one’s father, and in this case it’s Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong.  Check out this passionate performance of the track at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas in 2004.

Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last
wake me up when September ends

like my fathers come to pass
seven years has gone so fast
wake me up when September ends

here comes the rain again
falling from the stars
drenched in my pain again
becoming who we are

as my memory rests
but never forgets what I lost
wake me up when September ends

Honorable Mention:

Big Poppa – The Notorious B.I.G.

What!?  Are you serious KROQ!?  Not the horror of all horrors!  Raaaaap muuuusic!!!!

Yes, I have just face smacked you with a handful of rap.  Actually, about 500 lbs of rap.  Did you really think you’d get away with a Father’s Day post without some “Big Poppa” lovin’?  I’ve corrupted the rock purist in you, and for that all I have to say is:

Pull the truck up, front, and roll up the next blunt
So we can steam on the way to the telly go fill my belly
A t-bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch’s grape
Conversate for a few, cause in a few, we gon’ do
What we came to do, ain’t that right boo [truuuueee]
Forget the telly we just go to the crib
and watch a movie in the jacuzzi smoke l’s while you do me

My father influenced my taste in music. How about yours?


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