Song of the Week: “Father and Son” (Cat Stevens)

In honor of Father’s Day, I thought we’d keep it in the family, as it were, and visit another song from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack.

“Father and Son” is one of those songs that has a lot more depth when you really look at it. The lyrics can be read as being from two different perspectives, with the vocals sung in the higher register belonging to the titular son as he rails against his father’s advice and guidance.

A thing all of us sons can relate to, I’m sure.

It’s a fairly powerful song, and Stevens’ vocals accent the emotion of the lyrics very well. There’s a clear delineation between the calm, meditative father and the passionate, headstrong son, and the roles are executed so articulately that you can sympathize with both sides of the argument. The music itself is fairly simple; even the solo is just an embellished version of the verse’s melody. A simple song for a simple image of a father and son arguing over the future.

This Father’s Day I invite everyone to think about the fathers or father figures in your lives (only the good ones, please!). Perhaps you’ve had the same feelings as a child as the son does in the song.  Look back on any advice they gave you, the stories they shared, the things they taught you. And don’t forget to thank them for it all. It’s the little things like that that we take for granted, and that we miss most when they’re gone.

Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers out there. And give the kids a break; being a father isn’t just having a child, after all, it’s raising that child to be the best person they can be and to be true to themselves and who they are. They made you a father. Guide them into their own lives, as they wish them to be, not as you do.

Trust me, if you raise them right, they’ll remember it and thank you for it.

Are you on Facebook? Is your dad on Facebook? Liking our Facebook page together would be a great bonding experience for you guys!


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