5. Bruce Springsteen, “My Father’s House”
This was the final song that Springsteen finished for his 1982 Nebraska album. Springsteen wrote this heartfelt track based on the experiences of his childhood, specifically the distant relationship he had with his father.
4. Queen, “Father To Son”
Written by Brian May, music critics still can’t decipher whether or not this song is about his own father. By all accounts, May and his father had a great relationship — he even helped young Brian build his first guitar.
Filled with powerful riffs that incite strong emotions, this heavy metal ballad is basically about children not taking their parents’ advice until they’re older.
3. John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy”
“Beautiful Boy” is quite literally a father’s lullaby to his son, made bittersweet by the fact that Lennon never got to see his own son grow up.
2. Harry Chapin, “Cats In The Cradle”
Off his 1974 Verities and Balderdash album, Harry Chapin’s “Cats In The Cradle” is a cautionary tale of a father’s busy life and the lack of free time he has available to spend with his son.
As he grows older, the father wishes to reconnect with his now-grownup son, only to find out that his son “Had grown up just like me // My boy was just like me.”
1. Eric Clapton, “My Father’s Eyes”
“My Father’s Eyes” is a song Clapton wrote after the tragic death of his 4-year-old son Conor, who fell from the 53rd-floor window of his mother’s friend’s apartment in New York City.
At the time, Eric Clapton said about the song, “It’s a very personal matter but I never met my father and I realized that the closest I ever came to looking into my father’s eyes was when I looked into my son’s eyes.”
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Andrew Celani – WZLX.com