Bein’ A Dad

Bein’ a dad isn’t so bad
Except that you’ve gotta feed ‘em!
You gotta shoe ’em and clothe ’em
And try not to loathe ’em
Bug ’em and hug ’em and heed ’em

Bein’ a dad can sure make you mad
Man it even can drive you crazy
Yeah, it’s as hard as it looks
You gotta read ’em dumb books
And you end up despising Walt Disney

Bein’ a dad starts to get radical
When they turn into teenagers
You gotta tighten the screws
Enforce the curfews
Confiscate weapons and pagers

But a daughter or son
Can be sort of fun
Just as long as they don’t defy you
They’ll treat you like a king
They’ll believe anything
They’re easy to frighten and lie to

Bein’ a dad
Bein’ a dad

Bein’ a dad can make you feel glad
When you get paperweights and aftershave lotions
Yeah, it feels pretty great
When they graduate
That’s when you’re choked with emotions

But bein’ a dad takes more than a tad
Of good luck and divine intervention
You need airtight alibis
Fullproof disguises
Desperation is the father of invention

So sometimes you take off
For a few rounds of golf
And you stay away for half of their lifetimes
The result of it all is
Is you’re captured
And hauled up
Before a tribunal for “dad crimes”

Bein’ a dad
Bein’ a dad

Bein’ a dad can make you feel sad
Like you’re the insignificant other
Yeah, right from the start,
They break your heart
In the end, every kid wants his mother

Bein’ a dad

–Loudon Wainwright III
(Link to song with goofy video.)

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