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Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Tribute To A Quiet And Wonderful Father

I remember my father, a quiet gentleman who hardly said a word. But I had always respected him, listened to him and loved him in my own way. Strange, he had never laid hands on me even when I was at my naughtiest. I wish I had been just as nice to mine.

Pa used to read his newspaper every afternoon sitting on a wooden chair beside the shophouse pillar on the outside of our Geylang shop house. It was either the Keng Po or Sin Po an Indonesian and Dutch daily (image/magazine version) that he got from a friend. Even today the image of him sitting by the pillar is still in my mind's eye.

Those years, the late 40s and 50s, were quiet ones and one song usually comes to mind when I think of my father. It was popular then and an evergreen today.  Oh My Papa was sung by the late Eddie Fisher.

A Happy Father's Day to all dads. I hope you will be cheerful and keep happy even if your children don't celebrate it with you as they may be away or even busy with their work and family.  Do you remember your dad and a song that you associate him with?


Oh My Papa - Eddie Fisher

Oh, my pa-pa, to me he was so wonderful
Oh, my pa-pa, to me he was so good
No one could be, so gentle and so lovable
Oh, my pa-pa, he always understood.

Gone are the days when he could take me on his knee
And with a smile he'd change my tears to laughter

Oh, my pa-pa, so funny, so adorable
Always the clown so funny in his way
Oh, my pa-pa, to me he was so wonderful
Deep in my heart I miss him so today.
                                                     Video by: Scrambled Eggs 1969
O mein Papa is a German song, as related by a young woman remembering her beloved, once-famous clown father. It was written by Swiss composer Paul Burkhard in 1939 for the musical Der Schwarze Hecht (The Black Pike), reproduced in 1950 as Feuerwerk (Fireworks). Under the original German title, an instrumental version by trumpeter Eddie Calvert topped the UK Singles Chart in 1954 and also a top hit in the US charts.

The song has been performed and recorded by numerous artists since its debut, including Alan Breeze, Billy Cotton, Billy Vaughn, The Everly Brothers, Harry James, Guy Mitchell, Ray Anthony & his Orchestra, Russ Morgan & his Orchestra, The Beverley Sisters, Björk and many others."

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Image: google
Video of Eddie Fisher singing Oh My Papa.

24 comments:

Andy Lim* said...

Here are some songs I am familiar with.

That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
Daddy's Home
Big Boots
Don't Cry Daddy
Papa He Loves Mama
Papa
My Old Man's A Dustman
Papa Don't Preach
Daddy's All Gone
Son Of Your Father
Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
Daddy's Song

From Elvis to Elton from Monkees to Madonna, they've all written about Dad.

100 GREATEST FATHER SONGS said...

Click the above to check the 100 titles.

Do you know of songs about fathers that you might like to add to the list.

Even Chinese, Malay or Tamil songs will be useful for someone interested in research.

Singapore ones too will be interesting.

LL said...

Hey, welcome back. Read your story of your dad.

Saw the youtube clip. A bit disappointing with an aged Eddie.

Sigh.

SNOOKHAWK said...

Hi Andrew!

Long time no see. We must meet for a kopi. Ya the song is beautiful n nostalgic.

How's r u kawan? Me now crazy over guitar playing in Tpg. Trying to form a gp to play everynite.

Andy Lim* said...

Thank you both for the comments on the postings.

LL said...

"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong."

Charles Wadsworth

Andy Lim* said...

Thank you Larry. That's the way the wind blows.

Happy Father's Day, grandfather.

FATHER AND SON SONG said...

"'Father and Son' is a popular song written and performed by English singer-songwriter Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam) on his 1970 album 'Tea for the Tillerman'.

The song frames an exchange between a father not understanding a son's desire to break away and shape a new life, and the son who cannot really explain himself but knows that it is time for him to seek his own destiny (Wikipedia)."

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SPY said...

Hi chief,
A belated "HAPPY FATHER'S DAY" to you.

Ya, I remember this song 'Oh My Papa '... Very wishfully nostalgic.
Always got carried away whenever I listen to it.
Thanks.

GRANDMA MARY HO said...

Good morning Andy.

Thank you for writing and also the Link. So nice to hear from you again.

Hope to meet for lunch one of these days. Blessings.

LKM said...

Eh Friend,

A belated Happy Father's ( and Granddaddy's ) Day to you. Cant have a more meaningful and satisfying retirement at tne moment.

All the songs on Papa are nice but I am often touched whenever I chance to hear Mike and the Mechanics 'The Living Years' that captured a son's regret of not able to tell his father all that he wanted to say while the latter was alive.

Many of us, I think, will find the song aptly reflects the relationship with our fathers. The lyrics:

Every generation
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating on your door

I know that I'm a prisoner
To all my Father held so dear
I know that I'm a hostage
To all his hopes and fears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Crumpled bits of paper
Filled with imperfect thoughts
Stilted conversations
I'm afraid that's all we've got

You say you just don't see it
He says it's perfect sense
You just can't get agreement
In this present tense
We all talk a different language
Talkin' in defense

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

So we open up a quarrel
Between the present and the past
We only sacrifice the future
It's the bitterness that lasts

So Don't yield to the fortunes
You sometimes see as fate
It may have a new perspective
On a different date
And if you don't give up, and don't give in
You may just be O.K.

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

I wasn't there that morning
When my Father passed away
I didn't get to tell him
All the things I had to say

I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I'm sure I heard his echo
In my baby's new born tears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

Say it loud, say it clear
Say it loud
Don't give up
Don't give in
And don't know what you can do next

Andy Lim* said...

Thanks KM. I remember my elder son introducing, "Living Years" to me in the 90s and I have been listening to it ever since.

We must have kopi soon.

IRENE YAP said...

Hi Andy,

Another song by Barbara Striesand, Papa, can you hear me, also brings out my tear buds...

Irene

Sent from my iPad

Andy Lim* said...

Thank you dear Irene for your response. Striesand's rendition is truly remarkable.

Andy Lim* said...

I cannot thank you all enough for the personal responses, kindly thoughts and suggestions of songs related to the Father's Day theme on this posting.

I am struggling on...

Dr. Lee said...

Hi Andy, another nice Father's day song I know of is Paul Overstreet's
Seein' My Father In Me

Last night we brought the children by to visit their grandpa
And it's plain to see they're truly part of him
While we were there their grandma took out some old photographs
Man he sure looked a lot like me back then.

I'm seein' my father in me, I guess that's how it's meant to be
And I find I'm more and more like him each day
I notice I walk the way he walks I notice I talk the way he talks
I'm starin' to see my father in me.

And today I took my wife for a walk down that old dirt road
Where my daddy took my mom so many times
And we found the time to mention things we never had before
And we shared some thoughts about the family life.
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/p/paul_overstreet/seein_my_father_in_me.html ]
Yeah, I'm seein' my father in me, I guess that's how it's meant to be
And I find I'm more and more like him each day
I notice I walk the way he walks I notice I talk the way he talks
I'm starin' to see my father in me.

And now looking back I can recall the times we disagreed
When I could not take gold of his old fashioned ways
And the more I tried to prove him wrong the more I proved him right
Now I know why he still stood by me when I went through that stage.

I'm seein' my father in me, I guess that's how it's meant to be
And I find I'm more and more like him each day
I notice I walk the way he walks I notice I talk the way he talks
I'm starin' to see my father in me.

And I'm happy to see my father in me...
San

Andy Lim* said...

Thank you, YS. I am certain your dad would he very proud of you and your family if he sees you today.

Appreciate your visits.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

This posting is living a new beginning today, rejuvenated yearly because of Father's Day.

ANTHONY TAN said...

Nice and meaningful article.

JERRY FERNANDEZ said...

Brother Andy, Happy Father's Day and Blessings on you by The Lord Almighty. God Bless.

Dr. Lee said...

Here is a nice Father's day Song by Bobby Bare, my favourite singer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSAsgZ1ekf0

"Daddy What If"
(Daddy what if the sun stop shinin', what would happen then?)

If the sun stopped shinin' you'd be so surprised
You'd stare at the heavens with wide open eyes
And the wind would carry your light to the skies
And the sun would start shinin' again.

(Daddy what if the wind stopped blowin', what would happen then?)

If the wind stopped blowin' then the land would be dry
And your boat wouldn't sail son and your kite wouldn't fly
And the grass would see your troubles and she'd tell the wind
And the wind would start blowin' again.

(But daddy, what if the grass stopped growin', what would happen then?)

If the grass stopped growin' why you'd probably cry
And the ground would be watered by the tears from your eyes
And like your love for me the grass would grow so high
Yes, the grass would start growin' again.

(But daddy. what if I stopped lovin' you, what would happen then?)

If you stopped lovin' me then the grass would stop growin'
The sun would stop shinin' and the wind would stop blowin'
So you see if you wanna keep this old world a goin'
You better start lovin' me again, again, you better start lovin' me again.

You hear me Bobby, you better start lovin' me again.
You love me Bobby, you better start lovin' me again...

DATOH DR LEE YAN SAN said...

Hi Andy,
Happy Father's Day to you too! Ya you have met my youngest daughter and her husband when you are here.
Here is my favourite Bobby Bare Father day's song called Daddy What If. (4th on Country chard) Hope you like it.

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