Father’s Day Songs For Estranged Sons

Father’s Day is June 17th. You’ll probably get a lot of emails about the whiskies and leather goods you can buy your pops. But if you’re like me, you don’t speak to your old man. 

Instead of bonhomie and bonding, us legion of estranged children nurse, perhaps, our Scotch alone. It’s not nearly so bad. But to do it in silence would be sad. The question is what, therefor, to listen to? Here’s a curated list of what I’ll playing come this Father’s Day, tears mixing with Single Malt..

1.) "1941" Harry Nilsson
Catchy and brutally honest dual generation story of abandonment.

Well in 1941 a happy father had a son
And by 1944 the father walked right out the door
And in ’45 the mom and son were still alive
But who could tell in ’46 if the two were to survive

2.) "Father and Son" Cat Stevens
Sad Socratic dialogue of intergenerational estrangement!

How can I try to explain, when I do he turns away again.
It’s always been the same, same old story.

3.) "Boy Named Sue" Johnny Cash
Despite the ultimate benefit of the naming philosophy, Sue endured years of torture

My daddy left home when I was three 
And he didn’t leave much to ma and me
Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze. 

4.) "My Old Man" Steve Goodman
Goodman got on well with his dad so the sadness here is the Old Man is dead.

I miss my old man tonight and I wish he was here with me 
With his corny jokes and his cheap cigars.

5.)  "Daddy" Dolly Parton
A daughter pleads with her father not to abandon her mother for a younger woman.

I’m your eldest daughter, age twenty-three 
Your new love is even younger than me.

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