"Father's Day" as written by and Francis Edward Turner....
When I was sixteen I cut myself a Mohawk,
Because I wanted to walk the walk,
And not just talk the talk,
But it was a bit of a disaster because
I did the sides with kitchen scissors,
Because I didn’t have any clippers,
And I didn’t want to use a beard-trimmer
I’d made that mistake before.

When you got home you didn’t want to talk about what I’d done.
You said I’d let you down, I’d fucked around, when I was only having fun.
With the way that you’ve been lately, you’ve no right to scream and shout.
You and I, we’ve got a lot that we need to talk about.

What’s the point in making vows that you’re never going to keep?
A lifetime lying awake means you’ll never get to sleep.
And all the promises you made, that were painful and untrue,
Of all the things you do they reflect worst on you.

We all have our own devices
For handling mid-life crises
Usually involves a motorbike and
Suspicious fashion decisions.
But you choose to stave off grey hairs by
Lamely hacking at the sides
With lies and flimsy alibis
For your suspicious expeditions.

When I get home I don’t want to talk about what you’ve done.
Yes you’ve let me down, you’ve fucked around, but I guess you were having fun.
With the way that I’ve been lately, I’ve no right to scream and shout.
You and I, we’ve got a lot that we need to talk about.

You always told me Father’s Day was just another way
Of selling Hallmark greeting cards
Twenty Years of waking sleep, of lying through your teeth,
Meant every Father’s Day spent wondering who the hell you are.

What’s the point in us making vows that we’re never going to keep?
I keep trying to keep you up, but you keep on falling asleep.
And all the promises we made were painful and untrue,
But for better or for worse, I am turning into you.

Lyrics submitted by figureeight

"Father's Day" as written by Francis Edward Turner

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    General CommentThis song has a pretty good meaning if you ask me.

    Its about the boy who made a mistake and his dad went mad at him, but his dad is an hypocrite - because he had a midlife crisis. Doing all the things mentioned.

    And then the child is doing what his dad did to him - turning in to him.

    It reminds me of a poem by simon armitidge.

    great song!
    natalie0790on July 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is quite personal to me because it reminds me so much of my relationship with my own dad, which is quite complicated. The fact he doesn't like my mohawk is the least of our problems.
    Saint Thomason June 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti couldn't relate to this song more.
    readingkerouacon August 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this interview helps to explain the song:

    MarkRandon March 04, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song was written about Frank's dad, who had an affair with a young woman and got her pregnant, and was forced to live a double life, lying awake - in two senses of the word.
    It's pretty clear that 'Every father's day spent wondering how the hell you are' is Frank expressing his anger at his father's absense later in his youth.
    thommmon July 25, 2010   Link

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