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Jewish World Review June 18, 2007 / 2 Tamuz, 5767

The soundtrack of dad

By Mitch Albom


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Dad needs a song.


I mean, on Father's Day, he oughta have a soundtrack. Everything else has a soundtrack. When Tony Soprano takes the screen, he gets "Woke Up This Morning." When the Pistons take the floor, we hear "The Final Countdown." Even the president has "Hail to the Chief."


But I have spent some time looking into this and, as often happens with dads in America, they are getting gypped.


Lovers? There are endless songs for lovers. Children? My goodness. They'll make you weep. And mothers? Even rap artists put down their profanity long enough to pay homage to Mom.


But Dad? Well, let's see. There's the Temptations classic, "Papa Was A Rolling Stone":


Wherever he laid his hat
was his home
and when he died
all he left us was alone


Great. The guy was a bum. Not exactly Father's Day material. There's Shep and the Limelightes' doo-wop favorite, "Daddy's Home."


I'd like to thank you
for waiting patiently
Daddy's home, your Daddy's home, to stay


Unfortunately, I think it's about a guy getting out from prison.


Many people point to Cat Stevens' "Father and Son." But that's pretty much an argument set to folk music. There is Barbra Streisand's "Papa, Can You Hear Me?"


Papa, can you hear me?
Papa, can you see me?
Papa can you find me in the night?


But first of all, that sounds like a kid locked in the basement. Besides, the song is from the movie "Yentl" in which Streisand pretends to be a boy. Can't we get something that isn't gender-confused?


Some will suggest "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin, because the whole song is about a father and a son. Yes. That's right. The father is too busy for the son all his life, and finally, the son is too busy for the father.


And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
He'd grown up just like me!My boy was just like me


Uch. How depressing. You would think a guy as special as Dad would have some quintessential song, some anthem, the way New York City has "New York, New York;" the way New Year's Eve has "Auld Lang Syne;" the way whatever star athlete of the moment has "Simply The Best."


I mean, even Heinz Ketchup had "Anticipation" by Carly Simon. And that's a condiment!


But many father songs are about some tough old meanie ("A Boy Named Sue" in which Dad names Johnny Cash after a girl) or an out-of-touch patriarch ("Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna, in which she tells him she's keeping her baby, or a disciplinarian ("Summertime Blues", in which Dad tells his teenager, "No dice, bud, you gotta work late.")


Or the Dad is dead.


I don't know why fathers have passed away in so many songs. Maybe kids just don't appreciate Dad until he's gone. But the nicest tunes — "Daddy's Hands" by Holly Dunn, "Dance With My Father" by Luther Vandross — are written after D


ad has said farewell.


What about Papa of the Present? Now, I may not be Cole Porter, but I can offer a few lyrics if the right tunesmith is out there. For example, I think a Father's Day song should salute his sacrifice:


I work all day, don't get to play
You spend my pay
Damn right it's my day.


Or we could do the spelling technique


F-A-T, H-E-R
No you can't, have the car.


Or we could have one of those story-song country ballads:


When I first saw Dad, he was kinda large
Then Mommy said, "He's in charge"
He put me to work, when I was nine
That silver-haired Daddy of mine.


OK. I stole that last line from Gene Autry. And his song is one of the best — except if your dad is blond, brunette or bald.


But hey. I'm sure by now, you've thought up some song I've forgotten and are dashing me an e-mail to remind me what a dummy I am. Here's a better idea. Take that song and, if you can, sing it to your Daddy today.


After all, he could have named you Sue.

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