Songs That Rock By Dear ‘Ol Pops – A Father’s Day Playlist
By Caitlyn Trudnich
They were always free for a catch. They taught you how to fix almost anything. And sometimes, they were even good for a few bucks!
Yes, we’re talking about dads!
In honor of Father’s Day on June 15th, we’ve put together a playlist of songs that famous rock-star fathers have penned in honor of their own children.
“Sail Us To The Moon (Brush the Cobwebs Out of the Sky)” – Radiohead
Masterfully poetic songwriter, Thom Yorke, penned this song after the birth of his son Noah, born in 2001. The lullaby-like track made it’s debut on Radiohead’s 2003 album, Hail To The Thief. Yorke sings his wishes for his son in the future, saying, “Maybe you’ll be president, but know right from wrong. Or in the flood, you’ll build an Ark.”
“Moses” – Coldplay
Chris Martin wrote this song for now-estranged wife Gwenyth Paltrow, before they were married in 2003. At a concert in Sydney, Australia, Martin told the crowd, “This is a song about falling in love with the most beautiful woman in the world.” In 2006, the pair chose to name their second child, Moses, after the song. Martin also wrote a humorous song for Paltrow after the birth of their first child, Apple, in 2004. Coldplay created the alter-ego, The Nappies, and filmed a music video for the song, “I Am Your Baby’s Daddy.” Lyrics include, “I’ll be there with you baby through the thin and the thick. I’m gonna clean up all the poo and the sick.”
“Out Of Exile” – Audioslave
Off of the 2006 album of the same name, front man Chris Cornell wrote this song when his wife Vicky was pregnant with his third child, Christopher. In a documentary for the band, Cornell said that his wife and children were a “bright spot” , and a way to get out of a bad mood, or “out of exile”.
“A Song For Sleeping” – Stone Temple Pilots
Scott Weiland wrote this song for his son Noah when he was a baby. The track, which was released on their 2001 album, Shangri-La Dee Da, features a normally edgy Weiland singing a sweet lullabye to his son, saying, “It’s you, Noah, it’s you. And when you lie down to sleep, I’ll protect you. From the demons of the night, while I’m watching you grow.”
“Follow Me” – Muse
From their uber-successful album, The 2nd Law, front man Matt Bellamy found inspiration for this song by hearing his unborn son Binghams’ heartbeat, while at a check-up with fiance, Kate Hudson. In an interview with NME, Bellamy described the process, saying, “It was totally spontaneous, two days before the baby’s arrival, and Kate was in hospital, with this… strap thing, which I had no idea about, and suddenly we could hear everything. It was incredibly emotional. [I] recorded it on my mobile phone. And weeks later, I was in the studio, and it came back to me, this incredibly rarefied recording.”
“Wildflower Soul” – Sonic Youth
Alt-rock gods Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon penned this song for their 1998 album, A Thousand Leaves. Inspired by their daughter Coco, the song’s lyrics describe the innocence of a child, and seeing life through a child’s eyes. Coco is now a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and also released an album with her punk band, Big Nils. Talent must be in her blood!
“New Life” – Blind Melon
The “No Rain” singer, Shannon Hoon, wrote this song upon hearing the good news that he was going to be a father to daughter, Nico Blue. Released in 1995 on their second album, Soup, the song describes Hoon’s anticipation to be a father and how it will bring him “new life.” “‘Cause there’s a beautiful life to behold, and its the biggest part of my life to unfold.” Sadly, Hoon dies of a cocaine overdose shortly after the birth of his daughter, and the albums release.
“Precious” – Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode front man Martin Gore typically keeps mum about the meanings behind his lyrics, promoting listeners to create their own interpretations of the songs. However, in the press kit for their 2005 album, Playing the Angel, Gore stated that the song was inspired by his divorce and the effect it will have on his children, Viva Lee, Ava Lee, and Calo Leon. The lyrics explain the fragility of the subject matter, saying, “We always tried to share, the tenderest of care. Now look what we have put you through.”
“Original Of The Species” – U2
U2 guitarist, The Edge, originally began wrote this song for his eldest daughter, Holly, along with her godfather, Bono. Released off their 2004 album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, the song’s meaning took new meaning also for Bono’s two daughters, Jordan and Memphis. In an interview with 60 Minutes, Bono described the song, saying, “It’s a beautiful [song about] I guess just about being yourself. Which is the hardest thing to do.”
“For Fiona” – No Use For A Name
Singer Tony Sly wrote this song for his daughter Fiona, released on No Use For A Name’s 2005 album, Keep Them Confused. No confusion about the lyrics, however, as they describe how he will always be there for her, saying, “So you stay young while i get old. But always know, I’m your best friend.” Tragically, Sly passed away of unknown causes in 2012. The punk rock world mourned his loss, and his best friend, NOFX’s Fat Mike, released a tribute album, The Songs Of Tony Sly: A Tribute Album, with proceeds benefiting the Tony Sly Memorial Fund.