It’s fun to think of our favorite endearing songs about dads. We’ve even done it here at Country Universe a time or two. But let’s face it, dad’s aren’t always right and they’re not always wise. Here are a few songs that show villainous fathers.
While I’m so fond of my dad that I almost feel guilty about writing this Song Talk installment, my guilt is eased by knowing that he would actually be amused by the topic. So, here we go! Feel free to add your selections in the comments.
Lefty Frizzell, “Saginaw, Michigan”
I was listening to this song the other day and it’s what inspired this list. It’s the classic scenario of the dad thinking that his daughter’s suitor isn’t good enough for her, but the twist at the end takes a hilarious turn!
Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert, “Draggin’ the River”
Dads beware! This is another way that a dad is outsmarted in an extreme way for not approving of his daughter’s relationship.
Vince Gill, “Molly Brown”
I read an interview where Vince mentioned that he’d like to record an album of dark songs someday. Well, if this isn’t proof that he can pull off such a task, I’m not sure what would be. While the two songs above are silly songs about fathers being outwitted, there is nothing tongue in cheek about this one. The father doesn’t approve of his white son marrying a black woman, so he kills him. The End.
Tim McGraw, “I Love You Goodbye”
Here’s a song of darkness and redemption, a song of love and hate, and, ultimately, a song of healing and forgiveness from a son toward his father.
Gail Davies, “Unwed Fathers”
The fathers in the previous songs may have made mistakes, even severe ones in some cases, but the fathers that are talked about in this song don’t even bother to show up: “From a teenage lover to an unwed mother/ Kept under cover like some bad dream./ While unwed fathers, they can’t be bothered/ They run like water through a mountain stream.”
While Lefty’s song is what inspired this topic, it’s this John Prine and Bobby Braddock penned socially conscious song that makes it worth writing about.