Songs from parent to child

Created by Alma Barroca on 05 Aug 2020 | Last edited by Alma Barroca on 30 Sep 2020
Songs from parent to child

Here you'll find a couple of songs a parent wrote in dedication to their children.

Context is welcome along with suggestions.

The song's lyrics show Alanis's affection and high hopes towards her children, who even appear in its music video. They also give us an insight about Alanis's life as a mom and how maternity changed her.

Translations:  Portuguese Spanish German

Céline Dion suffered with the possibilities of never being able to conceive a child and, at the same time, she had to deal with her husband's first cancer. Lyrics even mention that she could find her strength in the eyes of a boy (her son, René-Charles, was born in 2001).

Translations:  Greek Serbian Turkish 23 more

Laura Pausini has given dubious interpretations about this song. It was interpreted by her fans as a tribute to her daughter Paola, but the music video shot for it showed her parents and their love story.

One of Pablo's two songs for his children.

Translations:  English

One of Pablo's two songs for his children. This one is a duet between father and daughter.

Translations:  English

Nil Karaibrahimgil wrote this song for her son, Aziz Arif Erener. She tells him about the difficulty of the life and love.

Song is dedicated to Vanessa's son Felipe, with lyrics that show her worries with him. The music video is quite special because she, who has been very reserved regarding her private life, put pictures of her intimacy with her children (focusing on her only male child) in it, even those with her ex-husband.

Translations:  English

A very emotive song written by Eric Clapton after his son Conor died in 1990.

Translations:  German Turkish Serbian 20 more

This song originally was written by Phil Coulter about his mentally disabled son, and was here covered by Sinéad O'Connor.

Translations:  Spanish German Italian 2 more

Gianna stated in various interviews that the song is dedicated to her daughter and was released shortly after her birth.

Translations:  German English Romanian 4 more

One of two songs Chris dedicated to his daughter.

One of two songs Chris dedicated to his daughter.

Translations:  Russian

The joy of becoming a father, expressed in a song

Translations:  English Chinese

The music video is also dedicated to the singer's father because he’s in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease, but this song is written for his newborn daughter.

“While recording the song, I burst out in tears because I realized all the things I wrote for my baby was give to me by my parents. I called my mom and thanked her but I couldn’t with my dad because he’s in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease and can’t recognize me anymore.”

This song is about how Beyoncé's daughter, Blue Ivy, makes her feel more alive than she's ever known.

Translations:  Spanish Turkish Serbian 6 more

Lauryn Hill dedicated this one to her son, Zion. She talks about how people told her to focus on her career but she followed her heart and focused on her son instead.

Translations:  Spanish

Alexey Lebedinsky wrote this song about his daughter Veronica.

This is one of the songs Nando Reis wrote dedicated to his children. It's dedicated to Zoé.

Translations:  English

This is one of the songs Nando Reis wrote dedicated to his children. It's dedicated to Sebastião.

Translations:  English French

This is one of the songs Nando Reis wrote dedicated to his children. It's dedicated to Ismael. However, the song was made famous by Cássia Eller.

Translations:  English Italian

This is one of the songs Nando Reis wrote dedicated to his children. It's dedicated to all the five of them.

Translations:  English

Song is about Cássia's feeling towards her then infant son.

Translations:  English

This song pokes fun of how children often make too many questions as to understand the world they live in. It was written by Paula Toller, who originally recorded it.

Translations:  English
Song | Italian Pupo

A song by Pupo about his baby daughter.

Translations:  English

Alla Pugacheva sings about her daughter Christina.

Translations:  English

Mocedades sings to an undefined, still unborn son.

Translations:  English

Translations:  English

This is Alanis's first motherhood-themed song. It was released in 2012, after she got married and had her first child (in 2010). The song is a direct celebration of motherhood.

Song dedicated to Marisa's then 3 year old son, Mano Wladmir.

Translations:  English

Translations:  French

Translations:  English

The song talks about the time when Carly Simon was pregnant with her first child, Sally Taylor.

Translations:  Portuguese
Comments
Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Wed, 05/08/2020 - 21:22

It sure fits, thank you Regular smile All languages are welcome.

Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Wed, 05/08/2020 - 23:34

Very well remembered! Thanks for that Wink smile

TaeyangTaeyang    Fri, 07/08/2020 - 14:30

https://lyricstranslate.com/de/j-y-park-kkwak-jabeun-i-son-lyrics.html

The music video is also dedicated to his father because he’s in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease, but this song is written for his newborn daughter.
“While recording the song, I burst out in tears because I realized all the things I wrote for my baby was give to me by my parents. I called my mom and thanked her but I couldn’t with my dad because he’s in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease and can’t recognize me anymore.”

MachaMacha    Fri, 28/08/2020 - 15:51

more examples
Michael McGettigan - Feet of a Dancer - hear it sung by Maura O'Connell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4EcvlZpzLc
Lyrics are on the youtube page

any lullabye in any language

Joni Mitchell's Circle Game (though generic, not to a child of her own) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9VoLCO-d6U (lyrics on screen)

Phil Coulter's Scorn not his Complicity is about his own child. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTBC7ckTWpo

What about children's songs to their parents? For example "Child's Song" by Murray McLauchlan. Sung by Tom Rush, with lyrics on the page at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Dx6Zdx2AJ4
Sung by Murray McLauchlan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8N_VhKFaAA

MachaMacha    Fri, 28/08/2020 - 16:03

song in Irish Gaelic, Jesus' mother searching for her son
traditional, several recordings available including Nóirín (Noreen) Ní Riain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKeTuzqqnSk
(if you need unaccompanied song to help with pronunciation, listen to Seosamh Ó hÉanaí / Ó hÉiniú aka Joe Heaney
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrSL3YtzP_w )

CAOINEADH na dTrí Mhuire

A Pheadair, a Aspail,
An bhfaca tú mo ghrá geal?
Óchón agus óchón-ó!
Chonaic mé ar ball é,
Gá chéasadh ag an ngarda.
Óchón agus óchón-ó!

Cé hé an fear breá sin
Ar Chrann na Páise?
Óchón agus óchón-ó!
An é n-aithníonn tú do Mhac,
A Mháthrín?
Óchón agus óchón-ó!

An é sin an Maicín
A hoileadh in ucht Mháire?
Óchón agus óchón-ó!
An é sin an Maicín
A rugadh insan stábla?
Óchón agus óchón-ó!

An é sin an Maicín
A d'iompair mé trí ráithe?
Óchón agus óchón-ó!
A Mhicín mhúirneach,
Tá do bhéal 's do shróinín gearrtha,
Óchón agus óchón-ó!

Cuireadh tairní maola
trína chosa 's trína lámha,
Óchón agus óchón-ó!
Cuireadh an tsleá
Trína bhrollach álainn.
Óchón agus óchón-ó!
Óchón agus óchón-ó!

Muise, éist, a mháthair, is ná bí cráite ...- óchón, is óchon-ó...
Tá mná mo chaointe le breith fós, a mháithrín' ...- óchón, is óchon-ó...

English translation

Peter, Apostle,
Have you seen my bright love?
Alas, and alas-o!
I saw not long ago
Surrounded by his enemies.
Alas, and alas-o!

Who is that good man
Upon the Passion Tree?
Alas, and alas-o!
It is your son, Mother,
Don't you recognise me?
Alas, and alas-o!

Is that the wee son
That was nourished at Mary's breast?
Alas, and alas-o!
Is that the son
That was born to me in the stable?
Alas, and alas-o!

Is that the son
I carried for three quarters?
Alas, and alas-o!
Darling little son,
Your mouth and your nose are cut,
Alas, and alas-o!

Blunt nails were pushed through
His feet and his hands.
Ochón agus ochón-ó!
And a spear pierced
Through his beautiful chest.
Alas, and alas-o!
Alas, and alas-o!

'Muise, listen, mother, and don't be distraught ... alas and alas-o.
The women who will lament me have yet to be born ' .. alas and alas-o.