Music – Adult Child


Cat’s in the Cradle, Vocals, music and lyric by Harry Chapin, on the album, Verities & Balderdash. 1974. Elektra.

Father and Son, Vocals, music and lyric by Cat Stevens (a.k.a. Yusuf Stevens), on the album, Tea for the Tillerman. 1970. A&M.

Leader of the Band, Vocals, music and lyric by Dan Fogelberg on the album, The Innocent Age. 1981. Full Moon/Epic. [Dedicated to Dan’s father.]

Monsters, Vocals, music and lyric by James Blunt, on the album, Once Upon A Mind. 2019. Atlantic Records.

Papa Can You Hear Me? Vocals by Barbra Streisand, music by Michel Legrand, lyric Alan and Marilyn Bergman, from the soundtrack for the film, Yentl. 1983. Columbia.

Papa Don’t Preach, Vocals by Madonna, music by Brian Elliot, lyrics by Elliot and Madonna, on the album, True Blue. 1986.

Song for my Father, Performance and music by Horace Silver, on the album, Song for my Father. 1965. Blue Note.


Dear Mom. Vocals, music and lyric by Marc Goone, 2013. [Marc’s song for his mother who was fighting cancer. Read about it here.]

Grandma’s Hands, Vocals, music and lyric by Bill Withers, on the album, Just As I Am. 1971. Sussex Records. [Withers’ favorite song.]

Mother, Vocals, music and lyric by John Lennon, on the album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. 1970. Apple Records.

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child. The composer is unknown. It is an African American spiritual with many versions. As performed by Odetta in 1963.

Songs My Mother Taught Me (Czech: Když mne stará matka zpívat učívala). Music and lyric by Antonin Dvořák. Sung by various artists. As performed by Ernestina in 2018.

Parent-Child Duets

How Deep Is the Ocean. Vocals by Jason Gould and Barbra Streisand. Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin.

Unforgettable. Vocals by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole (posthumously). Music and lyrics by Irving Gordon.