If there were a songwriting competition for lyrics consisting only of “Lily,” our household would totally win. Especially if the allowed lyrics were expanded to include “hungry Lily,” “sleepy Lily,” and “la la la la Lily.” She has outstripped bacon as the most common topic of impromptu singing in our house.
I do actually wonder why there aren’t more songs about parenthood. There are a ton of songs about the overpowering intensity of romantic love, but parenting is at least as intense. There are songs about “I can’t live without you,” but your child literally cannot live without you. There are songs about “You’re everything to me,” but you really are everything to your baby. “Our love is forever” — you might be mistaken about that when it comes to your lover, but this relationship really is for life.
Some examples that come to mind are Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” and John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy.” There are other songs about parent-child relationships in general, but not many from the perspective of parents. Perhaps because most popular songwriters are men?
Some of my favorites about parents and children:
“Room at the Top of the Stair,” John McCutcheon
“For Baby (For Bobbie)” – the Peter Paul and Mary version, which is actually about a child, unlike the original
“Dear Mama,” 2Pac
“Everything Possible,” Fred Small