Song Suggestions for a Music Mix About Fathers?

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Song Suggestions for a Music Mix About Fathers?

Postby Arlene » Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:50 pm

I need some help putting together a music mix about fathers and I'm soliciting song selections. For the last couple of years I've had brunch on Father's Day with a good friend who, like me, lost her father a few years ago. I had known her Dad and she had known mine. The brunch has become a sort of tradition in which we reminisce, sharing grief, joy and humorous memories. Like me, my friend is a fan of roots-folk-americana type music, and has a particular fondness for sad songs. I've decided to put together a mix that I'll play this coming Sunday, and leave with her as a present. Here's what I've come up with so far-- I'm still playing around with the order-- but if you have any ideas for additions or substitutions, please let me know. I'd like to add a song by Patty but I'm drawing a blank on coming up with one that fits this theme. Thoughts? Suggestions?

My Father's House- Bruce Springsteen
Father's Day- Chris Smithers
The Randall Knife- Guy Clark
I've Got No Time To Cry- Iris DeMent
Sometimes I Forget- Loudon Wainwright III
Father's Day- Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers
My Father's Only Son- Carrie Newcomer
My Old Man- Steve Goodman
Things I Wish I'd Said- Rodney Crowell
Bang The Drum Slowly- Emmylou Harris
My Father's Shoes- Cliff Eberhardt w/Richie Havens
Dad's Yard- Catie Curtis
Father and Son- Cat Stevens
My Father- Judy Collins
My Father's Blue Eyes- The Burns Sisters
My Hometown- Bruce Springsteen
I've Done Everything I Can- Rodney Crowell w/Joe Henry
"You've got to sing like you don't need the money, love like you'll never get hurt. You've got to dance like no one is watching. It's gotta come from the heart, if you want it to work."
~Susannah Clark

"Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels." ~Molly Ivins

"If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner."
~Tallulah Bankhead

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Postby Little_Kites » Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:19 pm

Hmmm

My Father's Eyes - Eric Clapton
Don't Cry Daddy - Elvis Presley

?? Good luck and enjoy your brunch!
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Postby sfboy » Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:03 pm

My Old Man by Rosanne Cash
Oh Daddy by Fleetwood Mac
Honey Hi by Fleetwood Mac
Daddy I'm Fine by Sinead O'Connor
Cats in the Cradle by Harry Chapin (though it's a not a flattering picture of fatherhood, to say the least)
What about Poor Man's House by...ah...that woman...Patty somthing or other
Beautiful by Nanci Griffith (it's about her stepdad...does that count?)
One by U2 (again, not a positive song about fatherhood and maybe not an obvious choice...it's about a son telling his father that he's HIV positive and gay and his father not accepting that, or at least that's what I read)

Arlene, I'd say that for your compilation, My Old Man and Beautiful would be great choices. If you don't have the CDs and want to listen, just let me know and I'll send those two songs (or any of the others) to you as MP3 files.

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Postby Arlene » Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:51 am

Thanks for all of your suggestions. I'll definitely include My Old Man by Rosanne Cash and probably Poor Man's House. I'll also check out the other songs people have suggested. Some others under consideration:

Here For You- Neil Young
September When It Comes-Rosanne Cash
Little Rock 'N Roller- Steve Earle
Daddy's Little Girl- Karla Bonoff
"You've got to sing like you don't need the money, love like you'll never get hurt. You've got to dance like no one is watching. It's gotta come from the heart, if you want it to work."
~Susannah Clark

"Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels." ~Molly Ivins

"If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner."
~Tallulah Bankhead

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Postby Russell » Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:30 am

It seems you probably have more than enough now, including quite a few that I need to check out. But here's one you might be interested in:

Dance With My Father - Luther Vandross:

My father would lift me high and dance with my mother and me and then
Spin me around ‘til I fell asleep
Then up the stairs he would carry me
And I knew for sure I was loved


And then there's My Father's Redneck by Kevin Deal:

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Postby Turk » Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:41 am

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Postby Arlene » Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:13 am

Turk wrote:Daddy's Hands - Holly Dunn
http://www.imeem.com/people/GF4OEIT/mus ... dys-hands/

Thanks for the suggestions. Daddy's Hands always creeped me out a little bit. The chorus was just a tad too close to providing a sense of justification for potential child abusers for my taste. (Yeah, I know I'm a wimpy liberal):

Daddy's hands were soft and kind when I was cryin´.
Daddy´s hands, were hard as steel when I´d done wrong.
Daddy´s hands, weren´t always gentle

But I´ve come to understand.
There was always love in Daddy´s hands.
"You've got to sing like you don't need the money, love like you'll never get hurt. You've got to dance like no one is watching. It's gotta come from the heart, if you want it to work."
~Susannah Clark

"Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels." ~Molly Ivins

"If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner."
~Tallulah Bankhead

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Postby RightOverThisMess » Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:54 am

Winter by Tori Amos
Nobody helps a liar.
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...and you don't know what I've done.
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Postby Ian » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:53 pm

We're rocking big daddy
How bout that
How bout that
Here he comes again
Me and my friends
We all laugh at him
'cause he's so funny
Warm and fuzzy
We're rocking big daddy
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Postby Ian » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:58 pm

...... but on a serious note!

What about "The living years" by Mike and the Mechanics?

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Postby Turk » Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:29 pm

Arlene wrote:
Turk wrote:Daddy's Hands - Holly Dunn
http://www.imeem.com/people/GF4OEIT/mus ... dys-hands/

Thanks for the suggestions. Daddy's Hands always creeped me out a little bit. The chorus was just a tad too close to providing a sense of justification for potential child abusers for my taste. (Yeah, I know I'm a wimpy liberal):

Daddy's hands were soft and kind when I was cryin´.
Daddy´s hands, were hard as steel when I´d done wrong.
Daddy´s hands, weren´t always gentle

But I´ve come to understand.
There was always love in Daddy´s hands.

Oops, didn't mean to suggest a song about child abuse. ;-)
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