Post # 1
Im having the toughest time finding a song for my dad & I to dance to. I dont want to do a typical “Brown eyed girl” or “my girl” song — I want something my dad & I both both listened to while I was growing up. I remember listening to Eric Clapton, Sting, & Sarah Mcloughlin as a child — and even went to concerts with my dad. The song that keeps coming to mind as a great song we both know & love is — “Layla” Acoustic version by Eric Clapton. I know the words dont talk about fathers/etc, but I want a song that means something to US, and not neccesarily a sappy song with dad lyrics. Would you think its weird if you heard that song for the father/daughter dance??
Heres the song Im talking about:
Post # 2
If they don’t sing the lyrics, it might be passable, but would be difficult to slow dance to. How about Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight?”
Post # 3
PABride: My sister used that at her wedding & I dont really remember it as a kid. I wanted something that I loved hearing when I was little… Im torn….
Post # 4
Another band we love is Dave Matthews — What about “You & me” Acoustic by dave?
Post # 5
My dad and I are dancing to “Just the way you are” by Billy Joel. We picked it because it wasn’t a silly princess daughter/daddy’s girl song as that’s not really our relationship. We both LOVE Billy Joel and actually “Uptown Girl” is our favorite song but that’s kinda hard to dance to so we went with our 2nd favorite Billy Joel song.
I think it’s more about what the song means to you and your dad rather than what is expected or traditional. I personally love “Layla” 🙂
Post # 6
I had the hardest time with that song too. Most of the songs I liked seemed innappropriate once I really listened to the lyrics. I ended up choosing “wildflowers” by Tom Petty. I love the song layla but agree it seems hard to dance to because of the beat
Post # 7
According to Wikipedia, the song is about a guy’s unrequited love for a girl, and some of the lyrics seem to confirm that:
“I tried to give you consolation / When your old man had let you down / Like a fool, I fell in love with you…”
So I think it’s a bit weird for a father-daughter song.
You could however skip the lyrics and just dance to the (very lovely) intrumental section at the end. I can’t remember how long that is, but it is fairly long, almost like a separate track.
Post # 8
See, lyrics don’t matter to me, so decide if they matter to you! We are dancing to a song from a movie we used to watch together when I was little, it’s not about dads or daughters, at all, but I love it 🙂
I’d rather have the memory of dancing with my Dad to a song we love, that had meaning to us than a song we’ve never even listened to together- even if it’s not the typical choice.
Post # 9
Barbiestylez: I will suggest what I suggest to everyone
Try and let your dad pick the song. The song may surprise you and it is a good chance to hear HIS thoughts. His choice will probably be a million times more intimate and I bet you will be wonderfully surprised
Post # 10
I love that song! If it means something to you, go for it.
Post # 11
Thanks ladies! Makes me feel better. Id much rather dance to a song we love than some lyrically correct song we never heard together:)
Post # 12
I think Layla is great, and it sounds like it has a lot of meaning/memories for you and your dad! I HATE sappy cliche mother/father songs and dances. I think your idea is perfect!
Post # 13
I didn’t want to do a daddy daughter dance at my wedding, but during the reception my dad wanted to so we danced to Fred bear by ted nugent. It was the only song I really think of my dad when I hear, and it actually ended up being really fun and quite hysterical sine it wasn’t a slow song. So I vote dance to whatever song has meaning to you and your dad 😀
Post # 15
Layla is about the woman Eric Clapton had an affair with, named Patty Boyd. She was married to George Harrison at the time. I’d find it an inappropriate song for a wedding, especially a father/daughter dance (I love EC, by the way. I’ve seen him in concert). I also find Brown Eyed a girl inappropriate for a father/ daughter dance, since it’s clearly about two lovers. I hate the sappy ones too like Butterfly Kisses and I danced with Cinderella (something like that). I’d probably pick something like What a Wonderful World.
Post # 16
I understand how you feel, you want a song you remember listening to together. Why don’t you ask your Dad what he thinks? I did and my dad agreed we did NOT want those silly butterfly kisses songs. Also some of the songs were iffy, Zepplin anyone? So I thought more about the music he introduced me to … He loves James Taylor so I let him pick the song. At the same time, DH was having a hard time figuring a song out for him and MIL to dance to. So my Dad picked James Taylor’s You Got a Friend, because I’m his daughter but I’m one of his best friends now that I’m an adult…. DH and MIL used it too so the four of us were out there. My mom has passed away and DH’s parents are divorced, so half way through my Dad cut in on DH and MIL and told her that they needed to be friends since they were both their kids greatest advocates (or something).