Two Pop Songs on Fathers & Mothers: Taylor Swift & Lukas Graham – Father’s Day 2017

Taylor Swift & Her Dad

Taylor Swift & Her Dad

We’d like to offer two pop songs as Father’s Day approaches this year: one from Lukas Graham, a Danish pop and soul band, called “7 Years”, and the other by American pop star, Taylor Swift, called “The Best Day”.

To a certain degree, Taylor Swift has grown up in the public eye. The kind of pressure that pop-stardom brings definitely holds its share of pluses and minuses as any perusal of People magazine and celebrity magazine sites surely will show, including the stress on the rest of the family. Culture Honey can’t say that we are all Swifties, but if one has had a remotely good relationship with ones’ parents (and check the lyric about the excellent dad – and who took all those vids of Taylor and her mom anyway…..) “The Best Day” is hard to listen to without a lump in the throat!  The video is underneath the lyrics:

I’m five years old
It’s getting cold
I’ve got my big coat on
 
I hear your laugh
And look up smiling at you
I run and run
Past the pumpkin patch
And the tractor rides
Look now, the sky is gold
I hug your legs
And fall asleep on the way home
 
I don’t know why all the trees change in the fall
But I know you’re not scared of anything at all
Don’t know if Snow White’s house is near or far away
But I know I had the best day with you today
 
I’m thirteen now
And don’t know how
My friends could be so mean
I come home crying
And you hold me tight
And grab the keys
 
And we drive and drive
Until we find a town far enough away
And we talk and window shop
‘Till I’ve forgotten all their names
 
I don’t know who I’m gonna talk to now at school
But I know I’m laughing
On the car ride home with you
Don’t know how long it’s gonna take to feel okay
But I know I had the best day with you today
 
I have an excellent father
His strength is making me stronger
God smiles on my little brother
Inside and out he’s better than I am
I grew up in a pretty house
And I’ve got space to run and hide
And I had the best days with you
 
There is a video I found
From back when I was three
You set up a paint set in the kitchen
And you’re talking to me
It’s the age of princesses and pirate ships
And the seven dwarfs
And Daddy’s smart
And you’re the prettiest lady in the whole wide world
 
And now I know why the all the trees change in the fall
I know you were on my side
Even when I was wrong
And I love you for giving me your eyes
Staying back and watching me shine
 
And, I didn’t know if you knew
So I’m taking this chance to say
That I had the best day with you today.

And then there are the thoughts of a young man thinking about the future, remembering what his parents have said and wondering how life will be when he becomes a father and grows older. Lukas Forchhammer is a Danish singer, songwriter and actor. He is the lead vocalist for the Danish band Lukas Graham. Check out the “7 Years” video below and the lyrics that follow this video still:

Lukas Graham, 7 Years Video Still

Lukas Graham, 7 Years Video Still

Once I was seven years old, my mama told me
“Go make yourself some friends or you’ll be lonely”
Once I was seven years old

It was a big big world, but we thought we were bigger
Pushing each other to the limits, we were learning quicker
By eleven smoking herb and drinking burning liquor
Never rich so we were out to make that steady figure

Once I was eleven years old, my daddy told me
“Go get yourself a wife or you’ll be lonely”
Once I was eleven years old

I always had that dream, like my daddy before me
So I started writing songs, I started writing stories
Something about that glory just always seemed to bore me
‘Cause only those I really love will ever really know me

Once I was twenty years old, my story got told
Before the morning sun, when life was lonely
Once I was twenty years old

I only see my goals, I don’t believe in failure
‘Cause I know the smallest voices, they can make it major
I got my boys with me, at least those in favor
And if we don’t meet before I leave, I hope I’ll see you later

Once I was twenty years old, my story got told
I was writing ’bout everything I saw before me
Once I was twenty years old

Soon we’ll be thirty years old, our songs have been sold
We’ve traveled around the world and we’re still roaming
Soon we’ll be thirty years old

I’m still learning about life
My woman brought children for me
So I can sing them all my songs
And I can tell them stories
Most of my boys are with me
Some are still out seeking glory
And some I had to leave behind
My brother, I’m still sorry

Soon I’ll be sixty years old, my daddy got sixty-one
Remember life, and then your life becomes a better one
I made a man so happy when I wrote a letter once
I hope my children come and visit once or twice a month

Soon I’ll be sixty years old, will I think the world is cold
Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me?
Soon I’ll be sixty years old

Soon I’ll be sixty years old, will I think the world is cold
Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me?
Soon I’ll be sixty years old

Once I was seven years old, my mama told me
“Go make yourself some friends or you’ll be lonely”
Once I was seven years old

Once I was seven years old

Culture Honey wishes everyone a healthy, healing Father’s Day this year!

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