I did tell you it was coming; the celebration of fathers.  I am not going to make this a controversial entry because there was no controversy surrounding fatherhood for me.  Sperm-donor is a label heard ever so often being used to refer to fathers, stemming from their absence in their child/children’s life.  It is quite appalling the number of fatherless homes that exist today.  With this in mind, it gives us an even greater reason to celebrate those who are still here and those who left us in body but are still with us in spirit.  They can teach those that left or were just never there, how to be a father.

Sadness

By Movado

INTRO

My Son, until dat day when our souls meet again….guidance and protection

Reach out to all the lost long gone souls

Even my father was a rasta man pan di battlefield, ino

Selassie I yu son remember di I

CHORUS

Sadness from yu gone Jah know is sadness

Sadness from yu gone daddy is sadness

I remember day goes by when it was gladness

Now is sadness from yu gone, sadness from yu gone

Sadness from yu gone Jah know is sadness

Sadness from yu gone daddy is sadness

I remember day goes by when it was gladness

Now is sadness from yu gone, sadness from yu gone

VERSE 1

Remember when we use to smoke together

Sit and chat about life and run joke together

Even though you were my father

We stick together as a friend or even as a bredda, yeah

But now yu gone, Jah Jah know

It hurts me deep inside Jah Jah know

Jah Jah know, only Jah Jah know

Omega know what am going through

CHORUS

Sadness from yu gone Jah know is sadness

Sadness from yu gone Tigo is sadness

I remember day goes by when it was gladness

Now is sadness from yu gone, sadness from yu gone

Sadness from yu gone Jah know is sadness

Sadness from yu gone Jah know is sadness

I remember day goes by when it was gladness

Now is sadness from yu gone, sadness from yu gone


VERSE 2

Mi think so hard and smoke di weed fi tek di pain out

If mi neva high mi wudda try fi blow mi brain out

All dem evil work weh dem a gwaan wid a go fade out

Non a dem kyaah pass tru zion gate

Daddy use to tell mi rasta a di order

Rasta bun dem bridges rasta bun dem dutty border

All weh dem a gwaan wid man a lef dem to di Faada

A righteous rasta man dem kill

CHORUS

Sadness from yu gone daddy is sadness

Sadness from yu gone Jah know is sadness

Man remember day goes by when it was gladness

Now is sadness from yu gone, sadness from yu gone

Sadness from yu gone, sadness

I & I man a go on

Di gangsta yute a hold strong

God knows God knows, hey

Sadness from yu gone

Jah live, Jah live, Jah live Jah live

Jah live, jah live, yeah,

Sadness from yu gone Jah know is sadness

Sadness from yu gone daddy is sadness

I remember day goes by when it was gladness

Now is sadness from yu gone, sadness from yu gone

Sadness from yu gone Jah know is sadness

Sadness from yu gone daddy is sadness

I remember day goes by when it was gladness

Now is sadness from yu gone, sadness from yu gone

Repeat VERSE 1

Memba when we use to smoke together

Sit and chat about life and run joke together

I & I man, things have changed around

But, mi deh yah same way

Sadness from yu gone,  sadness

Jah know a adness from yu gone, sadness

Man kyaah figet when there were gladness

Now is sadness from yu gone daddy sadness from yu gone

Sadness from yu gone jah know is  sadness

Sadness from yu gone daddy is sadness

Sadness from yu gone Jah know is sadness

I remember  day goes by when it was gladness

Now is sadness from yu gone, sadness from yu gone

Selassie I

 

(Song fades to end)

Some of the most lasting memories of my time on this earth stemmed from the relationship that I had with my father.  There were good and bad moments but at the end of it all, there was always a lesson to be learnt.  Whether these lessons were directly taught or were learnt from the mere presence of the experience, I cherish and hold every minute dear to my heart.  Who I am today has largely been contributed to by the moments I shared with my father.  One of the things that I have realized from my experience and from those of others is that men who grew up without the presence of a father, when given the opportunity, become great fathers.  There are some men who think that if they cannot provide their child with material things then they cannot make any other contributions so it makes sense for them to leave.  The reality of life is, a father being able to provide materially for a child is nowhere near half of the requirements of being a father, the major elements that are needed cannot be bought or even seen.

Daddy From Yu Gone

By Khago

INTRO

Seh so

To all you wonderful dads out there, ino

Even though more time some a deadbeat ino

A Khago ino

Hey dad, this one is reaching out to you (reaching out to you)

Yu neva no sperm donor

CHORUS

Daddy from yu gone mi know mi did a go struggle

Mi know seh mi did a go struggle

My life on earth a no bed a rose

Kaaz from yu gone I no wear no propa clothes

Daddy from yu gone mi know mi did a go struggle

Mi know seh mi did a go struggle

My life on earth a no bed a rose

So pan yu tomb I a lef a bunch a rose

VERSE 1

Good gosh

Daddy is like you get a double kill

Yu drop out too soon yu neva get fi lef a will

Mi sistas haffi hustle like hooka sopm (hustle, hustle, hard fi di dollar bill)

Daddy big Sunday morning I no eat no breakfast

White squall tek ova mi mouth like lip gloss

Mi drop out from a first class scholar student straight back to B class (seh so)

And now mi haffi look pan (d)I kyaar dem a pass

Tru mi look so shabby dem a wind up dem glass

Ski mask robbing come iina mi thoughts

But yu seh di narrow road mi fi walk

So link Flava Squad and mi get a bad riddim

Spit pan di track, lef a number one wid him

Our father, thanks I’ll be giving

Daddy but a miss yu still

CHORUS

Daddy from yu gone mi know mi did a go struggle

Mi know seh mi did a go struggle

My life on earth a no bed a rose

Kaaz from yu gone I no wear no propa clothes

Daddy from yu gone mi know mi did a go struggle

Mi know seh mi did a go struggle

My life on earth a no bed a rose

So pan yu tomb I a lef a bunch a rose

VERSE 2

Ef mi fi seh certain tings dad yu turn and twist inna yu grave

Family wudda shame weh treat I like slave

A no seh dat I no brave but di Most High mek mi behave

So mi seh music yu save mi, music yu save

When time di pagans dem a try enslave mi

A try kill mi talent weh di Most High gave mi

A just chuu mi skill mek dem no grave mi

Dad a wish yu were around to see ma three sons grow

Wah mek dat hurt most, dem look like you

Mama seh mi stay focus just like you

Mi stay Gucci from mi cap to mi shoe

So daddy rest in peace, seh a likkle praiya fi mi from above

Mi deh yah pan di gully side a chill said a Mov

More time di pressure hit mi mi link di gaza thug

But mi neva buss a slug

CHORUS

Daddy from yu gone mi know mi did a go struggle

Mi know seh mi did a go struggle

My life on earth a no bed a rose

Kaaz from yu gone I no wear no propa clothes

Daddy from yu gone mi know mi did a go struggle

Mi know seh mi did a go struggle

My life on earth a no bed a rose

So pan yu tomb I a lef a bunch a rose

So mi a seh Sandra, Be, Collin, Maxine, Kerry-Ann, Khago, Ava

Doh worr, unu just gwaan tek care a unu madda, hear

Memba seh daddy love unu, hear (laugh)

CHORUS

Mi know mi did a go struggle

Mi know seh mi did a go struggle

My life on earth a no bed a rose

No bed a rose

I(t) tuff dung yah

If yu no have a faada, oh God

Fi run di yard yah

Can you feel my pain

Yu know what am talking about

A seh so Khago

 

(Song ends)

There aren’t many songs present that contribute to the celebration of fathers.  However, I was able to find four that are ideal for this entry.  They speak to two topics, the gap that is left after the loss of a brilliant father and the dedication that a real father will make to ensure his family is comfortable.  I can relate to both.  On the night of April 27, 2007, my father was taken from my life as a result of the carelessness of a taxi driver but to the end he is the best father ever.  The lyrics of each song appeal to the different effects of have a wonderful father.

Good Father

By Vybz Kartel

Broken Hearts Riddim

INTRO

Everybody love dem madda but waapm to di faada

Mi love my yute dem mi pattan (pattern) mi daddy style

Lang as I can remember from mi a likkle child

CHORUS

When mi seh  mummy weh mi daddy gone

She seh  a work unu daddy gone

Him lef out from inna di maanin and him nah come back till unu a yawn

When mi seh mummy weh wi daddy gone

She seh  a work unu daddy gone

Him lef out from inna di maanin and him nah come back till unu a yawn

Dis a fi di good faada, good faada

Dis a fi di good faada, good faada

Real man nah run lef him pickney dem and lef di burden pan di maada

Dis a fi di good faada, good faada

Dis a fi di good faada, good faada

Real man nah run lef him pickney dem and lef di burden pan di maada

VERSE 1

Jah know seh, big up di man dem weh mind dem yute

Yu no haffi spend a million a buy dem suit

But, no matter how di money small ino star

Likkle sopm sopm haffi find dem yute, awuo

As a faada yu fi spend time wid yu son

Dem wi tek up di crime den shoot

No careless daddy kyaah get mi salute

Mi love mi faada dat a di truth

CHORUS

Kaa when mi seh mummy weh wi daddy gone

She seh  a work unu daddy gone

Him lef out from inna di maanin and him nah come back till unu a yawn

When mi seh mummy weh wi daddy gone

She seh  a work unu daddy gone

Him lef out from inna di maanin and him nah come back till unu a yawn

Dis a fi di good faada, good faada

Dis a fi di good faada, good faada

Real man nah run lef him pickney dem and lef di burden pan di maada

Dis a fi di good faada, good faada

Dis a fi di good faada, good faada

Real man nah run lef him pickney dem and lef di burden pan di maada

VERSE 2

A no  every everybody have money like dirt

Fi provide yu yute wid di luxury a earth

Money a no all, money a no all

Mi a talk from mi heart seh a fambili first

Mi love my daddy from mi was a likkle bwoy

Kaaz dat man teach mi di value of work

Nuff time him come home sweat a run out a shirt

Him mek mi become the man dat I am today

CHORUS

Kaa when mi seh mummy weh wi daddy gone

She seh  a work unu daddy gone

Him lef out from inna di maanin and him nah come back till unu a yawn

When mi seh mummy weh wi daddy gone

She seh  a work unu daddy gone

Him lef out from inna di maanin and him nah come back till unu a yawn

Dis a fi di good faada, good faada

Dis a fi di good faada, good faada

Real man nah run lef him pickney dem and lef di burden pan di maada

Dis a fi di good faada, good faada

Dis a fi di good faada, good faada

Real man nah run lef him pickney dem and lef di burden pan di maada

 

(Song fades to end)

Dear Dad (The Letter)

By Ky-Mani Marley

INTRO

Yeah well this is the letter, whoa

Yeah well this is the letter, whoa

Yeah well this is the letter (chuckle)

Eeey goes like this, now

VERSE 1

Dear God I have a letter here from me to dad

And I want to let you know might be a little sad

Dear God letter here from me to dad

And I want to let you know, it goes

Dear dad I didn’t get to know you

And sometimes I sit and wonder and it makes me blue

But there is one memory that stays on the back of my mind

And this memory got me thinking bout you all the time

Whoa, I swear we miss you so

And I wish that you was here to see your boys grow

In case you are wondering, mommy she’s doing fine

And she tell me stories bout you papa all the time

So when I am down and out, lonely or I’m feeling blue

All I do dada dad is think of you

The thoughts alone, erase my fear and dries my tears

I am just writing to let you know someone cares

CHORUS

Yeah I love you, really really love you

Daddy I miss you I miss you

And I know my brothers and sisters do too

Hey I love you really really love you

Oh Lord so true, do

VERSE 2

And I know you gave your love to the people

And some of whom you thought you did trust they deceived you

But the trial brings another day

At least that’s what my mamma say

And den, when I’m through I’ll place this letter in the bible

And I’m going pray to Jah to send his disciples

To deliver you this letter, lord

It will make me feel much better now I sing

Dear God I have a letter here from me to dad

And I want to let you know might be a little sad

Dear God letter here from me to dad

And I want to let you know

P.S.

So much things I’d like to know and so much things to say

But I’m gonna save cause I know we’ll be together some day

Am just writing to let you know someone cares

And to let you know you left the whole world in tears, whao

Yeah I swear, whooawooa, now

CHORUS

Yeah daddy I love you, really really love you

Daddy I miss you I miss you

And I know my brothers and sisters do too

Hey I love you really really love you

Oh, hear we go, hey

Dear dad I didn’t get to know you

And sometimes I sit and wonder and it makes me blue

But there is one memory that stays on the back of my mind

And this memory got me thinking bout you all the time

Whoa, I swear we miss you so

And I wish that you was here to see your boys grow

In case you are wondering, mommy she’s doing fine

And she tell me stories bout you papa all the time

So when I am down and out, lonely or I’m feeling blue

All I do dada dad is think of you

The thoughts alone, erase my fear and dries my tears

I am just writing to let you know someone cares

CHORUS

Yeah I love you, really really love you

Daddy I miss you I miss you

And I know my brothers and sisters do too

Hey I love you really really love you

Daddy I miss you…

 

(Song fades to end)

Life is very unpredictable and as such, every moment that we get we need to ensure that we take time to let those closest to us know how much we value the contributions they have made to out lives and how much we love them.  Let us take this opportunity to salute the fantastic fathers.  Pops, know you are watching, this one is for you; Champy Myers, Las Snr and Mass Lance, stay so, mannaz and respek

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