"Father's Son" as written by Bradley Kirk Arnold, Robert Todd Harrell, Christopher Lee Henderson and Matthew Darrick Roberts....
3 Doors Down In the glare of a neon sign
She laid her body down
The damned walked in beside her
And laid his money down

He said don't try to scream now
But I want this one to hurt
And tonight my pretty one
I'm gonna get my money's worth

He said they never listened
She said they'd never understand
That I don't this for pleasure
I just do it cause I can

I swear I didn't want to
And I swear I didn't know
That things like this could happen
To a seventeen year old

And I've bundled up all these fears inside
And I've bottled up all of this pain
And no one or nothing can take this away
But I won't let it happen again
Never again

In the haze of a smokey room
He chokes that bottle down
It's been a month since her saw her face
Underneath the blood stained gown

He thinks about that little girl
And the one he has at home
And wonders what if that was my little girl
Walkin' down that road alone

And I've bundled up all these fears inside
And I've bottled up all of this pain
And no one or nothing can take this away
But I won't let it happen again
Never again

Never again

Maybe I'm just crazy or the devil got inside
Either way my soul is gone
And I'll end this all tonight
The one hand throws the whiskey
And the other throws the gun
As he cries out to the heavens
I am not my father's son

And I've bundled up all these fears inside
And I've bottled up all of this pain
And no one or nothing can take this away
But I won't let it happen again
Never again

Never again

Lyrics submitted by BlinkMM182, edited by psychobia, jagogold

"Father's Son [Live]" as written by Christopher Lee Henderson Bradley Kirk Arnold

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    General CommentSome of you were actually pretty close but nobody got the whole thing right. I have actually heard Brad Arnold (the lead singer)'s interpretation of this song. The prostitute was 17 years old, the man payed her for her services but then beat her, raped her without a condom and (accidentaly) impregnated her.(that happened in the first verse). One month later he is drunk and starting to regret what he did because he has a little girl at home, (that happens in the second verse. Now the 3rd verse is where this song seems to have lost you guys. That is not the man who raped and beat her who is thinking of commiting suicide, it is the son that was created that night. He knows that his mother was raped and beat and he has become an alchoholic and one night when he is drunk he is thinking about suicide because he has felt like he is turning into his father "but one hand throws the whiskey and the other throws the gun, as he crys out to the heavens i am not my father's son".....(he decided not to do it)....i hope this has cleared some things up, and if you listen to the song again you might see what im talking about
    knockoutsubmissionson March 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is depressing/pretty I like how it is hard rock too. Are they coming out with a new cd sometime? anyone???
    TexasGirl99on July 14, 2010   Link
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    General Commentalready grabbed a listen to Seventeen Days...totally awesome album...cant wait to get it on 2/8!
    BlinkMM182on January 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCould someone explain this song to me? I actually heard it for the first time at one of their concerts this summer and it confuses me. I don't know whether the girl was raped or a prostitute...I'm just confused. Anyone with an idea....let me know!!! Thanks so much!
    northern_ice01on February 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentName of the song is "Father's Son"
    As in child, not the bright star at the center of our solar system.
    PCuMson February 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyea....bad typo on my part...its been fixed
    BlinkMM182on February 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think shes a prostitute.
    some guy has his way with her. and when he is done he is rethinking it. he is ashamed of himself for what he's done.
    kolo72on March 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentit seems like its deeper than him just bein ashamed. bcuz ok, it starts off with him goin to the prostitute and having his way with her and finally realizes that what he did was wrong and thinks of his own daughter and in the end, gets drunk and then kills himself "The one hand throws the whiskey, and the other throws the gun" because hes turned out like his father and doesn't want it to be that way...if anybody thinks diferent, fill me in please....thanx
    kljakubisinon March 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think it's even more than that. see, the man goes to the prostitute and pretty much has it the way he wants it. - "don't try to scream now, but i want this one to hurt...i'm gonna get my money's worth"

    then, a month later, he's at a bar looking back and he's realizing what he did, how much he hurt her and everything, and he starts to think that it could have been *his* daughter in the same situation as the prostitute. "it's been a month since he saw her face underneath that bloodstained gown...he wonders what if that was my little girl"

    then, during another drinking binge, he starts to consider himself an evil person for what he did to the girl. so he grabs a bottle of whiskey and a gun and heads outside to end his life so it never happens again. "either way, my soul is gone. and i'll end this all tonight"

    i also have to imagine that the "i am not my father's son" probably implies that the man's father may have been physically abusive towards his mother, since the whole thing is based upon what could be perceived as an act of violence against a prostitute.

    i think the chorus just reiterates the feelings of remorse that the man has towards what he did; but i also think it's very cleverly constructed in that, initially, i think it means that he never wants to do that again and then it progresses to mean that he'll never do it again because he's dead.

    that's just my interpretation. let me know if your opinion differs.

    oh and the actual lyrics for the third line are "the damned walked in beside her", not "the man walked in beside her".
    taltos531on May 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song has all ready been spoken for... it is a young girl that he has sex with first time...
    bloodstained gown.... and he's married and has a daughter and wonders about her.. he thinks about killing himself, but stops because that is what his dad did in this situation.
    bullswton June 06, 2005   Link

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