"Father Figure" as written by and George Michael....
That's all I wanted
Something special, something sacred
In your eyes
For just one moment
To be bold and naked
At your side
Sometimes I think that you'll never
Understand me
Maybe this time is forever
Say it can be, whoa

That's all you wanted
Something special, someone sacred
In your life
Just for one moment
To be warm and naked
At my side

Sometimes I think that you'll never
Understand me
But something tells me together
We'd be happy, oh oh

(Baby)
I will be your father figure
(Oh baby)
Put your tiny hand in mine
(I'd love to)
I will be your preacher teacher
(Be your daddy)
Anything you have in mind
(It would make me)
I will be your father figure
(Very happy)
I have had enough of crime
(Please let me)
I will be the one who loves you
'Til the end of time

That's all I wanted
But sometimes love can be mistaken
For a crime
That's all I wanted
Just to see my baby's
Blue eyes shine
This time I think that my lover
Understands me
If we have faith in each other
Then we can be
Strong, baby

I will be your father figure
Put your tiny hand in mine
I will be your preacher teacher
Anything you have in mind
I will be your father figure
I have had enough of crime
I will be the one who loves you
'Til the end of time

If you are the desert
I'll be the sea
If you ever hunger
Hunger for me
Whatever you ask for
That's what I'll be

So when you remember the ones who have lied
Who said that they cared
But then laughed as you cried
Beautiful darling
Don't think of me

Because all I ever wanted
It's in your eyes, baby
And love can't lie, no
(Greet me with the eyes of a child)
My love is always tellin' me so
(Heaven is a kiss and a smile)
Just hold on, hold on
I won't let you go, my baby

I will be your father figure
Put your tiny hand in mine
I will be your preacher teacher
Anything you have in mind, baby
I will be your father figure
I have had enough of crime
(So I am gonna love you)
'Til the end of time
I will be your father
I will be your preacher
I will be your daddy, whoa
I will be the one who loves you 'til the end of time


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"Father Figure" as written by George Michael

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  • +7
    General CommentYou people who attribute being gay to liking little kids (or vice versa), it's not funny.
    Or true.
    I have a couple good friends who are gay, and they actually read some of what you guys posted.
    You are so ignorant if you think that, and I'm sorry you're so close minded
    blizzon January 05, 2007   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI don't actually think it was about a homosexual relationship specifically. This song came out in the 1980's and George Michael supposedly didn't began exploring homosexuality until the early 90's. I think its genreally about one partner being older or more experienced than the other.
    harlanlovestoneon June 19, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI have always thought this is a stalker song. Love mistaken for a crime? That line really makes me think of the type of guy who just keeps harassing and threatening, all because he 'loves' her, but it isn't about love, it's about power. A father figure is a power figure. He sees himself as the answer to all she needs & wants-he is the one she needs. He promises her the world, to be everything she ever wants, but really it's about him possessing and controlling her. I've loved this song since it first came out, and that is the vibe I get from it.
    kary-anneon January 19, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song IS beautiful, but very, very, creepy.

    No one line is clear, but there are too many double-meanings here to ignore the probability that this song is about someone who is not yet considered to be old enough to be in a sexual relationship.

    "That's all I wanted"

    This is something that someone whose desires had unintented consequences would say. It's a bit like "I didn't mean it to turn out the way it did".

    "Something special, something sacred
    In your eyes
    For just one moment
    To be bold and naked
    At your side"

    Why just for one moment? There is an element of secrecy here.

    "Sometimes I think that you'll never
    Understand me"

    What is being misunderstood here? Is the lover misunderstanding the singer's intentions? Why?

    "That's all you wanted
    Something special, someone sacred
    In your life
    Just for one moment
    To be warm and naked
    At my side"

    At least the relationship is consensual - but is it? Or is it consensual only in eyes of the singer?

    "I will be your father figure"

    The combination of father figure in a sexual context? I get that it can be interpreted as "I will be the strong man looking after you, protecting you", which a lot of women secretly want, but there's a second, more sinister meaning.

    "Put your tiny hand in mine"

    It's a tiny hand, isn't it?

    "I will be your preacher teacher"

    Fathers, preachers, teachers: all occupations where those who prey on children have lurked.

    "Anything you have in mind"

    It might be a fun role play, or it might be that he is projecting consent on a child too young to know better.

    "I have had enough of crime"

    Crime? What an odd choice if this is about an adult relationship.

    "That's all I wanted
    But sometimes love can be mistaken
    For a crime"

    See my comments on the opening line. It's hard to explain this line any other way. Could possibly be about Biblical references to homosexuality being an abomination, which would fit the theme of the album, but again, the double-meaning.

    "So when you remember the ones who have lied
    Who said that they cared
    But then laughed as you cried"

    She's been hurt before. But is he turning her against those who sought to protect her from him?

    "Beautiful Darling
    Don't think of me
    Because all I ever wanted"

    This could mean "I'm not the monster they say I am: I didn't mean to hurt you". Note how the lyrics trail off after "wanted" - it's like there's regret there.

    "(Greet me with the eyes of a child)"

    More double meaning.

    "My love is always tell me to..."

    It's almost as if he wants to resist an urge, but can't.

    "I will be the one who loves you until the end of time"

    There's a hint, just a hint, of "farewell" in this statement. I think it starts where he says "when you remember ... don't think of me". For some reason, they won't be together.

    __________________________________

    Now, the above interpretation has nothing at all to do with George Michael's sexual preferences. I'm a big fan of his, and he has great songs. I don't think gay = rock spider. Nor do I think George is into that sort of thing.

    It's all about the song itself. There are too many indications in this song to ignore.
    Sonofagunzelon July 28, 2008   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationThis beautiful song is primarily about the devoted singer who is truly and deeply in love -- in love with someone who is in a very vulnerable place and desperately needs someone to provide comfort, stability, and unconditional love (i.e. a father figure).

    Perhaps the recipient of this love is young, so the singer is willing to risk a love that can be "mistaken for a crime" in order to give the young person what he/she needs.

    At a deeper level, there is also a confessional aspect to the what the singer is saying: this song is also his promise to always focus only on the true needs of his beloved, and not his own needs that he may be projecting onto his lover. This is what he means by having had enough of "crime", where he has let his own needs come first, as opposed to providing "whatever you ask for" and providing a love that lasts "until the end of time."

    But the main message of the song, loud and clear, is in praise of an unselfish love that entirely devoted to the well-being of the recipient of this love.
    arthurmerlinon October 08, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI know a lot of people are saying that this song couldn't have been written about a man because George Michael hadn't begun exploring homosexuality yet, but just because he hadn't explored it doesn't mean he wasn't at that time and doesn't mean that he couldn't have written a song about it that perhaps hinted at it even a bit. With that in mind, I would also like to say that I don't think this song is directly to a specific gender. It's one of those wonderfully ambiguous songs that can address both genders and both hetero- and homosexual couples. Also, I love the Egyptian sounding melodic line he uses. It really adds something to the song, which went very interestingly with my previous opinion that this had something to do with forbidden relationships, such as in a church or school.
    Rindy Rosson April 14, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think that all of you have gotten way too worked up over this song's meaning. Maybe it doesn't have one set meaning for one kind of love or one gender. Maybe George Michael goes a little more this-a-way than that-a-way sometimes. I think a lot people do. But if I were to interpret it straight up I would not label it pedophilia (why would he have even made the song, freaks?) . No one brings out secret desires like that through a hit song. I think it has to do with loving a female, and I think that (honestly) he can be something for her emotionally and sexually that no one else can. He isn't her father (hence the song's title), but the fact that he offers guidance shows he is older than her or HAS BEEN THROUGH more than she has. I don't think the girl he is singing to is like 12, but maybe more of the 17-early 20's range. But there is obviously amorous love going on in this song, no doubt, and it is for a girl.

    To be honest, I WISH young straight guys would have this kind of attitude towards love. The world would be a much better place. Women are too mature for guys most of the time, even if they are the same age. The love he offers in this song is the happy medium of all the kinds of love we don't want.

    We don't want the one guy who worships you and can't be his true self with you. We don't want the abusive guy, we don't want the overly cocky player, we don't want the guy who doesn't really care, we don't want the liar, we don't want the guy who tries too hard, we don't want the guy who uses.....sorry about the stereotypes....if there are any

    He is offering "bold and naked" love, a sacred moment, a true connection, a true romantic relation with no bull sh**. Just the truth, the affection, the support, the flexibilty, the initiative, the care. At least this is how I see it, and this is the kind of love I hope to find ( I just hope this guy doesn't turn out to be Will and I have to be Grace and have to marry Harry Connick, Jr. but I would marry Antonio Banderas) Agree, disagree, I don't care. Peace out
    Ione Laurelon April 16, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThe " LOve can be mistaken for a crime" part makes me think this is definitely some sort of illegal love, like a father obsessed with his daughter, or just a man in love with a small child. Kinda disturbing, but still a good song.
    shysweetieon May 23, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think it is an oversight to attribute this song to pedophilia , homosexuality or hypergamy.

    If anything it's a symbolic nod towards patriarchy in it's traditional and most purest form.

    Let's just assume the love interest is a woman. Of which, he conveys to her to lay down her worries. Stop fighting to control things that are beyond her capability. He's saying, let me protect, provide, teach and thus love you. All I want is you, if you look at me, then you can be free to love, while I shield from the world.

    Instead of struggling to make sense of what ever her world has made her.
    ben1042326on July 09, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpedophilia or pederasty?
    ugly-girlon May 06, 2003   Link

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