Celebrate The Love Of Father And Daughter In Music

by Amy Gold

Father daughter songs have long been a tradition, particularly at wedding receptions. The relationship between a father and his little girl is a unique one, full of much emotion, and can sometimes be quite complex. Many songwriters have acknowledged that fact by writing musical tributes to the special love shared by fathers and daughters.

One of the most common places we see that emotion expressed is at a wedding reception. At this time more than ever, a bride will want to take a few minutes to consider everything her father has done for her and meant to her. It will usually be one of the first dances of the evening, after the bride and groom dance for the first time, and it is a moment that generally requires a lot of thought.

The choices for father daughter songs are vast. From golden oldies like Mike Douglas' "The Men In My Little Girl's Life" to contemporary hits like Heartland's "I Loved Her First," there is no shortage of songs devoted to the father/daughter relationship, no matter what form it might take. Whether you've had a smooth ride or bumps along the way, you can find a song with lyrics that express exactly what you want to say.

These songs can come from many perspectives. Some are from the bride's point of view, showing how she's looked up to her father as a hero and always will. Others come from Dad's point of view, thinking back on his daughter's life and everything she has meant to him. Moving from that idealized relationship into another, more adult, stage of life is never easy and sometimes it helps put those feelings to music.

Still other songs let a grateful daughter show her love and thanks to the father who has watched over her and cared for her all her life. A perfect example of this type of song is Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" with its lovely statement of gratitude for an endless source of support and strength.

Of course, when it comes to father daughter songs, nothing stands out quite like The Mills Brothers' "Daddy's Little Girl." Though it has been over half a century since it was first a hit, its lyrics still find the mark for many dads and daughters. If you're looking for the perfect song to capture your relationship with your father or daughter, the options are plentiful. Don't let any more time go by and make sure you let your feelings be known. It can make for one of the most memorable and beautiful moments you'll ever share, and one that can last a lifetime.