"Had a Dad" as written by Perry Farrell, David Michael Navarro, Stephen Andrew Perkins and Eric Adam Avery....
Had a dad
Big and strong
Turned around
Found my daddy gone
He was the one
Made me what I am today
Its up to me now
My daddy has gone away

Well I spoke to the mountain
I listened to the sea
Both told me that fountain
Was the best that you can be
My daddy's hand it growed
Slow to the lickin'
Sonny boy
Grow to whip him

If you see my dad
Tell him my brothers
All gone mad
They're beating on each other
I walked around
Even tried to call
Got that funny feeling

He's not there
At all...


Lyrics submitted by iheartnitz, edited by robot58u, superfreak30328

"Had a Dad" as written by Perry Farrell Eric Adam Avery

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  • +2
    General CommentIt's about feeling abandoned by god, and being disillusioned by this, rather than "God is dead".
    The phrase "Gone away" is repeated throughout the song, clearly suggesting that god has made a choice.
    The lyrics quote Nietsze, but then immediately contradict the quote ("He's not dead at all").
    NATE808on January 15, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Dad" here, is God. Most of the song deals with Farrell's loss of faith in God
    mikeydhhon June 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah definitely religious imagery in this one.
    suckmykisson December 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, pretty obvious Dad is God- great song and of course Janes lyrics are always good...and the music is always great.
    Bellyfull of Swanson January 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentInteresting note: Perry allegedly told the rocord execs that the lyric 'God is dead' was actually 'god is...Dad', and it could be either really and still be a great song.

    Yep, it's about feeling abandoned by God when there' so much conflict in the world ('tell him my brothers are all mad, they're beating on eachother') and feeling as if God is punishing you ('Dad's hand grew slow to the licking'- a reference ot getting a spanking?)

    The 'talked to the mountain' section was originally part of the lyrics to Oceansize but moved here.
    Omnicideon March 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgod is dead is the most quoted line of Nietsze...
    Dressed2Depresson September 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite Jane's Addiction songs. You guys are all right. It appears that Perry lost faith in God because God is supposed to create social solidarity; so when Perry sees all of the war and terror that is going on, he comes to the conclusion that there is no God.
    aptitudeon July 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso what exactly is this "fountain," that is the best that he could be?
    bestkepsecreton September 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe guitar solo around the 2 minute mark of this song almost always makes me have to clean up afterwards! I just wish it was at least twice as long though. Definitely one of my favorite Jane's songs, and I usually don't really give a shit for "religious" meaning songs.
    FreezeSukkaon January 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has nothing to do with Perry. It has to do with Eric. Eric came up with the idea for the song and Perry wrote lyrics based on Eric finding out his father wasn't his real father.
    FaaipDeOaidon July 19, 2009   Link

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