Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Songs For Dads

(Revised June 16, 2006)

While there are a few songs for moms, the list of songs for fathers is pretty short. So short, I considered putting Rankin' Don's "Father Goose" songs from Dan Zanes & Friends albums on the list. While fathers are sometimes characters in kids' music (the RTTs' "April 14th," Keith Munslow's "Accidentally"), they're rarely the subject. Here, then, is the short list -- if you have additions, please note them in the comments.

-- "Daddy-O," off Frances England's Fascinating Creatures
-- "My Dad!," off Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band's Kaleidoscope Songs, Vol 1
-- "Cat's in the Cradle," Harry Chapin (just kidding!)
-- "I'm So Glad To Be A Dad," off Dennis Caraher's Bow Wow Baby
-- "My Daddy Is Scratchy," off Jamie Broza's My Daddy Is Scratchy (thanks to Fran for the reminder)
-- "My Daddy (Flies a Ship in the Sky)," off the Daddy-O! Daddy Woody Guthrie tribute
-- "Courtship of Eddie's Father" (see comments)
-- "Dad" by Father Goose (comments)
-- "Thank you, Daddy" (comments)
-- "The Coffee Song," by Ralph's World, off At The Bottom of the Sea. (Yeah, I used it for the mom's list, but a reader reminded me it mentions D...A...D.D.Y.)

A reader also recommended Daddies Sing GoodNight: A Fathers' Collection of Sleepytime Songs, which isn't really a collection of songs about dads, but close enough...

And, a few for the adults (from commenters and e-mailers)...

-- "My Dad (My Pa)" by Nancy Sinatra
-- "Bein' a Dad" by Loudon Wainwright III
-- "The Kids Are Alright" by The Who
-- "Slow Turnin," "Your Dad Did," and "Stolen Moments" - John Hiatt
-- "Still Fighting It," Ben Folds ("You're so much like me / I'm sorry.")


deb in sf said...

How 'bout the theme song to "courtship of Eddie's father". It's not new, but a sweet classic.

deb in sf

DevonT said...

A few more...

"My Dad (My Pa)" by Nancy Sinatra is very kid-friendly.

"Dad" by Father Goose...(cat's in the cradle with happier lyrics)

Nancy Stewart has a free download of a father's day song "Thank you, Daddy" at her song of the month site:

And there's "Bein' a Dad" by Louden Wainright III, but not necessarily for the kids.

Mrs. Davis said...

If you include "Cat's in the Cradle" you must also include "The Kids Are Alright" by The Who, hahaha.

Seriously though, there are a few good Dad/dy songs by John Hiatt...."Slow Turnin," "Your Dad Did," and "Stolen Moments." I'm sure there are more of his.

Happy Father's Day!

The Baby's Daddy said...

Ben Folds has a couple of great songs written for his kids. The one for his son, "Still Fighting It", has the best line about fatherhood I've heard in my four months as a father: You're so much like me / I'm sorry.

In Folds' plaintive soprano, it comes across so perfectly