This short song is about a divorced dad who doesn't see his son as often as he would like; it is largely a true story, based on a good friend of mine. The apostrophe before the s in Father's signifies the fact that it is about one father, and is nothing to do with the commercial Fathers' Day for all dads.
She said: “Bring him home on time tonight, it’s a school day tomorrow
And he gets so uptight, every time he spends some time with you”
She’d cut you out of his life if she only could,
But the law won’t allow it, ‘cos a Daddy should
See his child every now and then on Father’s Day.
On Father’s Day take your son to the zoo
There’s 100 men doing what you do
Playing part-time dad to a child they hardly know
Wishing they could take more time to watch them grow.
On your desk at work in a picture frame
Smiles a boy you hope won’t forget your name
It’s the only thought that gets you through the day.
You wanted freedom, but you don’t feel free
You recall when the frame held a picture of three
Sometimes you wish things still could be that way
– Middle 8 –
But you’ve made your choices
You can’t complain
When he’s older you promise that you’ll explain
Why you had to leave, and hope he’ll understand
How life doesn’t always work out as it’s planned.
It’s Father’s Day for a part-time Dad
When you drive him home it always seems so sad
When the front door slams it breaks the spell of Father’s Day
And you wonder will it always hurt this way?