Jon Barker

Jon Barker

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Rock - Easy Listening | Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
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Member Since: 2007
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Song Description

A simple & poignant song saying what every son wants to say to his Father. The backing is kept to a minimum & let?s the lyrics breathe. It is a very strong lyric which goes right to the heart of a father/son relationship.

Story Behind the Song

On December 20th 2005 my Father was gravely ill in hospital, it was touch and go if he would make it to Christmas. His kidneys had failed, he had pneumonia and he was becoming weaker by the hour. He was transferred to a special unit in Bristol where he seemed to get better before once more becoming gravely ill. On 13th January 2006 Dad sent me a letter that had the air of finality about it. I could see the effort he put into holding the pen to write it. In the simple page of lined hospital notepaper, he wrote of how much he thought of my music and how he wanted the world to hear it. ?If it doesn?t, it will be the World?s loss.? That letter is now framed and is proudly hangs in my office. Again, I found myself at the piano in the middle of the night writing the simplistic yet heart-felt, THANKYOU FOR BEING MY DAD. It was a very painful song to write and yet the task had to be completed that night. Though tired and very emotional, I was determined to finish the song. If it was my Father?s time to go, I wanted him to know my feelings towards him, and above all else to thank him for everything. The following morning I called Chris Traves (producer) and arranged to go to London to record the song. This is the same recording that my Father heard. Thanks to those wonderful Doctors and Nurses and everyone who works there I am pleased to say that my Father is alive and well today and has just enjoyed a great weekend with his grandchildren, a day we feared we would never see. In our society so many men are brought up to shield their emotions. (Agreed, emotions should not cloud rational thinking.) However, when it comes to the simple act of telling your Father that you love him, it must be said before it is too late. Too many people don?t say it and perhaps, in a small way this song may help them to feel that they can.

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Music & Lyrics by Jon Barker © 2006 Dotsandpix ltd.

A son rarely tells his Father
How he really feels,
A handshake or a pat on the back
Is all that he reveals,
I?d like to right that wrong,
Here in this little song.

Thank you for shaping my life,
Thank you for teaching me all you can,
You are no ordinary man,
You make me everything I am.

Thank you for taking the time,
Thank you for showing me the way,
And thank you for being there
When I need you,
Thank you for every single day.

Now I?ve been blessed with a son of my own,
Got my own bedtime stories to tell,
If I can raise him half as well
As you raised me,
Guess I?ll be doing pretty well.

Thank you for your guiding hand,
Thank you for making my dreams come true,
You?re an extraordinary man,
And I hope you?re as proud of me
As I am proud of you.

Thank you for giving me life,
Thank you for showing me good from bad.
I guess I?m only really trying to say,
Thank you for being my Dad.

Even though the years drift away,
I never took the time just to say,
?I love you, and I always have,
And thank you for being my Dad.?

?Thank you for being my Dad.?

Song Length
Pop - Easy Listening, Unique - Unclassified
Tempo / Feel
Slow (71 - 90)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Poignant, Moving

Subject Matter
Similar Artist
John Denver
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Jon Barker
Music Credits Jon Barker
Producer Credits Chris Traves
Performance Credits Piano & Vocal Jon Barker
Label Credits Dots and Pix Ltd