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George Michael: Father Figure Meaning

Song Released: 1988


Father Figure Lyrics

That’s all I wanted, something special,
Something sacred in your eyes,
For just one moment, to be bold and naked
At your side

Sometimes I think that you’ll never understand me
Maybe this time is forever, say it can be

That’s all you...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    sleekzeek
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    Jun 8th, 2008 6:40am report


    I'm sorry but this song is NOT about a father and his daughter - regardless of what the video may imply. This song is about a man and woman possibly married that have separated. I relate to this song because this is exactly what's happening in my life right now... See my interpretation below each section... Feedback and clarifications are welcome... People relate to songs differently based on their situation, but I believe I hit the nail on the head. I've known this song word for word since it's come out (I'm 38) but until put in this position, I didn't fully grasp it's meaning. It is so well written and meaningful - I won't lie, I almost cry every time I hear it - because like him, I found something special and something sacred but it was misinterpreted by my wife. Unless she can understand this and how it is so us, I think something sacred will be lost. http://www.myspace.com/sleekzeek


    That's all I wanted, something special,
    Something sacred in your eyes,
    For just one moment, to be bold and naked
    At your side

    (when you find the right person it's special, it's sacred and you know it's real when you can be unguarded and stand boldly naked at his side mean. At your side refers to equality - not in front - not behind - but side-by-side - that's true love...)

    Sometimes I think that you'll never understand me
    Maybe this time is forever, say it can't be

    (This is the real indication that they have been separated. For whatever reason the woman has left the man and he is hurting because all he wants is the same unconditional love he is giving. That's why he is saying this separation may be forever - but he hopes not. NOTE: Some women tend to reject being smothered and God knows most men don't mind being smothered - but for women too much actually drives them away. A sensitive man is hard to come by so ladies appreciate any man who will take time to smother you and I don't mean stalk, accuse, mistrust, but just want to hold and love you all the time.)

    That's all you wanted, something special,
    Someone sacred in your life
    Just for one moment, to be warm and naked
    At my side

    (The man is revealing that his lover/wife really wants the same thing he does but for whatever reason the misunderstanding has blinded her from the simple truth that they are both wanting and giving the same thing the same thing)

    Sometimes I think that you'll never understand me
    But something tells me together, we'd be happy

    (Again he reveals the misunderstanding and GM really emphasizes the frustration in how he sings "never understand me" but he is still trying to tell her if they could just give it another try they'd be happy together)

    I will be your father figure (Oh baby)
    Put your tiny hand in mine (I'd love to)
    I will be your preacher teacher (Be your daddy)
    Anything you have in mind (It would make me)
    I will be your father figure (Very happy)
    I have had enough of crime (Please let me)
    I will be the one who loves you
    till the end of time

    (OK... Women feel secure with their daddy and similarly women need their man to be strong and make them feel as safe and secure as their father would. Being the "preacher - teacher" is not necessarily a religious overtone but more of a charming, intelligent, wise man who will teach his love whatever she wants to learn, know, feel, etc.,. Having enough of crime is saying he's not what she thinks he is and he's tired of being misunderstood.)

    That's all I wanted
    But sometimes love can be mistaken for a crime
    That's all I wanted just to see my baby's blue EYES shine
    This time I think that my lover understands me
    If we have faith in each other
    Then we can be strong

    (Again the man is saying she was all he wanted but somehow she feels violated. Allot of times, especially with so many women who have been sexually abused, a women can mistake desire and intimacy for a crime. Like when a woman thinks her man only wants one thing or doesn't understand that intimacy makes a man feel loved. It's obvious he cares because if he can just make her eyes smile - he's happy. He is telling his woman that his NEW lover understands him and because she doesn't have the same insecurities and has faith in him they can be STROOOOONG)

    If you are the desert, I'll be the sea
    If you ever hunger - hunger for me
    Whatever you ask for, that's what I'll be

    (Here he uses analogy to describe how they belong together and how he will be whatever she needs, soothe each other, The hunger is telling her if she really wants him he is there waiting for her but she has to really what it)


    So when you remember the ones who have lied
    Who said that they cared
    But then laughed as you cried
    Beautiful darling, don't think of me

    (Here he is explaining what she will realize once she has past the point of no return and ends up with the ones who really want only one thing and sling the word love with no devotion. At this point it would be too late so don't dare think of him (though he warned her this would happen) and not blame him because she's the one that left and he explained it as plainly as possible that all he ever wanted was her, the sincere look originally in her eyes, her smile - not just what's in her pants.)

    Because all I ever wanted
    It's in your eyes baby, baby
    And love can't lie, no...
    (Greet me with the eyes of a child)
    My love is always telling me so
    (Heaven is a kiss and a smile)
    Just hold on, hold on
    I won't let you go, my baby

    (Here he is trying to tell her he's not shallow - she's all he really wants. He sees it in her eyes that the love wasn't initially real. If she will open up drop the insecurities and greet him with the eyes of child - a reference to the innocence and instinctive trust of a child it could work. His warns his lover understand this... and here in this world heaven, is really just a sincere kiss and heartfelt smile. Despite the separation he's trying not to let her go.)

    I will be your father figure
    Put your tiny hand in mine
    I will be your preacher teacher
    Anything you have in mind
    I will be your father figure
    I have had enough of crime
    So I am gonna love you
    till the end of time
    I will be your father
    I will be your preacher
    I'll be your daddy
    I will be the one who loves you
    till the end of time
    (return to top)

    (Father figure is the security and trust she needs to feel. The tiny hand in mine is symbolism for a mans role to make his woman feel loved and overwhelmed. The rest is simply saying whatever she decides to do and whatever happens he will always love her unconditionally.)



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    anonymous
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    Dec 19th, 2009 12:48pm report


    That’s all I wanted, something special,
    Something sacred in your eyes,
    For just one moment, to be bold and naked
    At your side

    Sometimes I think that you’ll never understand me
    Maybe this time is forever, say it can’t be

    That’s all you wanted, something special,
    Someone sacred in your life
    Just for one moment, to be warm and naked
    At my side

    Sometimes I think that you’ll never understand me
    But something tells me together, we’d be happy

    I will be your father figure (oh baby)
    Put your tiny hand in mine (I’d love to)
    I will be your preacher teacher (be your daddy)
    Anything you have in mind (it would make me)
    I will be your father figure (very happy)
    I have had enough of crime (please let me)
    I will be the one who loves you
    Until the end of time

    This is a really neat song. Whenever I hear it, I think of the friendship between Michael Jackson and Macaulay Caulkin. Michael took up the role of father figure for Macaulay, as Macaulay's own father was never there for Macaulay, and used him as a cash cow.

    That’s all I wanted
    But sometimes love can be mistaken for a crime

    However, in the eyes of the people who disliked Michael, their friendship was a crime. They would say untrue things, like Michael was only hanging out with Macaulay, and Macaulay only interested in money like his father. But Macaulay's friendship with Michael stayed strong, no matter what.

    That’s all I wanted just to see my baby’s blue eyes shine
    This time I think that my lover understands me
    If we have faith in each other
    Then we can be strong

    I will be your father figure
    Put your tiny hand in mine
    I will be your preacher teacher
    Anything you have in mind
    I will be your father figure
    I have had enough of crime
    I will be the one who loves you
    Until the end of time

    In other words, Michael was there for Macaulay whenever Macaulay needed someone. He would engage in activities like water balloon fights at Michael's Neverland Ranch, and sharing secrets with each other. They both had to deal with controlling fathers, and hanging out with Michael was Macaulay's chance to just be a kid -- no hiding or being full of pretense. When he was with Michael Macaulay was able to just be himself.

    That's what I see when I hear this song. It's a great song -- very deep, creative and very philosophical.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 26th, 2008 1:18pm report


    Well I always thought, that George Michael was a stalker in the video, and the love he felt for the model chick was obsessive (note the wall of pictures of the model)

    and the line about "love can be a crime" I think relates to that.

    bottom line I think is that the girl isn't interested in him but rather in the photographer guy perhaps to further her career, and so therefore the lines

    "so when you remember the ones who have lied, who said that they cared and left as you cried beautiful darlin' don't think of me"

    he's professing how complete his love for her is, he's going to love her like a father figure, and she can trust him completely and she can hold on because he won't let her go

    I don't think it's about a song about an incestuous relationship

    or specific to straight or gay relationships

    I remember this song when I was in my teens I felt like this was SUCH a steamy video!!



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    anonymous
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    Nov 10th, 2013 11:42pm report


    He is not of her social status but in his dreams he is offering her everything he feels she is searching for in a man. Women who have been violated by rejected lovers, or by abusers, are often easily read because they have difficulty in giving love. The cab driver sees that the model is not feeling she is in a good relationship and imagines that if she were his love she would be able to return his love without hesitation. That's al it means.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 20th, 2013 4:47pm report


    I though it was about God??????



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    anonymous
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    Dec 26th, 2012 12:07am report


    This song came out in 1988 when I was 8 years old. This was the year my uncle started to molest me. This song sang me to sleep many a night. It is about unconditional love not molestation. Father figure is what female abuse woman need. Their father was not there for them so they struggle through life over a crime that they did not commit. A man who is loving, supportive, protective, and unashamed is the best thing to heal these wounds.



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    TAMONE
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    Jul 12th, 2012 7:57pm report


    Must first say, GM’S SONG IS A TOUCHING SONG INDEED...

    George Michael (GM) is saying quite a bit in this song, but what seems to be consistent is that he is trying his utmost to convince/persuade his lover(or someone he wants to be his lover) that he(GM) is the one for her /him.

    His first and altogether unswerving means to accomplish his quest is by proposing to be a ‘Father Figure’. I use the word propose because he uses the words ‘will be’, meaning he is not yet the ‘father figure’. I must say GM must have seen this individual as fragile/vulnerable and must feel already that he has some power /edge over his prey.
    In order to secure/attain his lover, his persuasion was clearly heightened towards the end of the song when he tried to differentiate himself from other unscrupulous lovers he/she had had prior to him (GM). He noted in the following...
    "So when you remember the ones who have lied
    Who said that they cared
    But then laughed as you cried
    Beautiful darling, don’t think of me.”

    George Michael sometimes in his quest to attain his goal, goes off track and becomes somewhat contradictory (perhaps we all do when we are trying determinedly to hold onto the person of our dreams). For instance, he says, he will be the father figure – if given a chance- encouraging his prospective lover to trust him to be a preacher and teacher (good traits of a father figure). At the same time, he is giving him/her the opportunity to CHOOSE.
    He made it clear in the 4th line below when he said ANYTHING you have in mind. He did not say SOMETHINGS SOMETIMES. What then is the sense of proposing to be a father figure? I think HE IS using words solely to attain/secure his lover (Machiavellian style – any means necessary) that he truly has feelings for and perhaps truly love.

    I will be your father figure
    Put your tiny hand in mine
    I will be your preacher teacher
    Anything you have in mind



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    anonymous
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    Jun 25th, 2012 6:24pm report


    This song to me talks about the natural human behavior to always try and please their fathers. It is paramount to have a Father figure, because this is a basic human need.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 24th, 2012 3:50am report


    It's not to do with dads and their kids everyone knows that so fuck off!.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 15th, 2011 12:46pm report


    This one is easy. (Hint: GM is gay)

    Father Figure about a larger middle-aged gay man(a "daddy")who is attracted to a young smaller gay man (a "twink"). The older man is clearly interested in the younger man, perhaps they had just begun having sex. The younger man is hesitant. The older man is trying to convince the younger man the value of having a "father figure" as a lover.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 7th, 2011 11:27pm report


    I totally agree with nr3 of most voted. Although you are only 16 (2005 so now 22...lol) In any way it can be perfectly interpreted he explains it!...Gery



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    Christina Hogan-Peterson
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    Oct 20th, 2011 10:50pm report


    First of all I would like to say...I AM a woman that was molested from age 5 to 11 and then "violently" raped at gun point at the age of 13.

    Recently, someone sang this song to me and this is "MY" interpretation of the songs meaning.

    That’s all I wanted, something special,
    Something sacred in your eyes,
    For just one moment, to be bold and naked
    At your side

    (everyone wants something special in their lives...TRUE LOVE. Love is sacred and VERY hard to find in this world regardless of the time and age. The eyes are believed to be the window to the soul. Bold and naked by your side...this is speaking of true intimacy...just lying with someone, nothing to hide...just simply being)

    Sometimes I think that you’ll never understand me
    Maybe this time is forever, say it can be

    (again, going from my personal experiences in life...I am often misunderstood. Actions are often misunderstood for something they are not. It's not about JUST sex...it's more and deeper than that. When GM says 'maybe this time is forever, say can it be'..This has been an ongoing thing between the two...they come together but are never 'together' he wants it to be forever this time...he's expressing his hope that they WILL be together FOREVER)

    That’s all you wanted, something special,
    Someone sacred in your life
    Just for one moment, to be warm and naked
    At my side

    (this is where he states that she really wants the same thing as he does...something special..undying)

    Sometimes I think that you’ll never understand me
    But something tells me together, we’d be happy

    (actions are misunderstood but he knows the two are compatible on EVERY level and that they would be happy if they would just be together)

    I will be your father figure (oh baby)
    Put your tiny hand in mine (I’d love to)
    I will be your preacher teacher (be your daddy)
    Anything you have in mind (it would make me)
    I will be your father figure (very happy)
    I have had enough of crime (please let me)
    I will be the one who loves you
    Until the end of time

    (when GM speak of a 'father figure'...he's talking of someone that will ALWAYS be there much like a father. We all love our children unconditional and there is no love more pure and GM is saying that's the love he has for her. ANYTHING she needs him to be...he can and will because of this 'PURE' love he feels for her. GM says,'I have had enough of crime'...being with someone out of wedlock is considered a crime in most peoples eyes, he is tired of it and wants her to be his. Until the end of time..well that speaks for itself..undying love)

    That’s all I wanted
    But sometimes love can be mistaken for a crime
    That’s all I wanted just to see my baby’s blue eyes shine
    This time I think that my lover understands me
    If we have faith in each other
    Then we can be strong

    (there is the crime again..he just wants to see her eyes shine...I have seen peoples eyes shine ONLY when they are completely happy. Now through everything she FINALLY gets it..she understands that this is real and he tells her to have faith in that and they will have a strong relationship)

    I will be your father figure
    Put your tiny hand in mine
    I will be your preacher teacher
    Anything you have in mind
    I will be your father figure
    I have had enough of crime
    I will be the one who loves you
    Until the end of time

    (Father figure...a protector, someone you feel safe and protected with, that won't ever hurt or mistreat you. Tiny hand in mine...women like to feel delicate and for their men to be strong. Preacher, teacher...he will be sincere and loving with her best interest in mind. He will teach her, show her the way to finding REAL love. I already explained crime and the rest is self explained)

    If you are the desert, I’ll be the sea
    If you ever hunger - hunger for me
    Whatever you ask for, that’s what I’ll be

    (if you are the desert, I'll be the sea...he is telling her that when she falls he will pick her up, when she is thirsty he will be the wine, when she is weak he will be strong. If you ever hunger - hunger for me...come on now, we ALL know about desire. Wanting something so bad it becomes like a hunger. He wants her to want him. Again, whatever she needs....strength, loving, compassionate, caring, protective)

    So when you remember the ones who have lied
    Who said that they cared
    But then laughed as you cried
    Beautiful darling, don’t think of me

    (When you remember the ones who have lied, who said that they cared but then laughed as you cried Beautiful darling, don't think of me...here he is saying other men have lied and said they loved her and when they broke her heart they laughed and walked away. He's saying that he can not be put in that category because he has ALWAYS been there for her and loved her and cared.)

    Because all I ever wanted
    It’s in your eyes baby, baby
    And love can’t lie, no...
    (greet me with the eyes of a child)
    My love is always telling me so
    (heaven is a kiss and a smile)
    Just hold on, hold on
    I won’t let you go, my baby

    (all he ever wanted was in her eyes...to have her soul be his and the happiness that comes with being with your soul mate. Greet me with the eyes of a child...innocent and pure love. He's telling her to hold on to him because he won't let her go. He won't fail her.)

    I will be your father figure
    Put your tiny hand in mine
    I will be your preacher teacher
    Anything you have in mind
    I will be your father figure
    I have had enough of crime
    So I am gonna love you
    Until the end of time
    I will be your father
    I will be your preacher
    I’ll be your daddy
    I will be the one who loves you
    Until the end of time

    (I have already explained this earlier)

    To me this is one of the MOST accurate songs of PURE LOVE. This man is willing to give all of himself to this woman because of his love for her. Isn't that what we are ALL searching for?? Our "Soul Mate".



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    anonymous
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    Jul 15th, 2011 7:44am report


    It's a beautifully sentimental and sensuous song about a man who has a girlfriend and he wants to be more than a mere lover, but a "Father Figure" as well in her life because for whatever the reason, she has been lacking that. He feels for her so much and loves her so deeply that he'll become whatever just to make her happy. I love it!!!



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    Paula Sloan
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    Jul 13th, 2011 7:29am report


    I'm 45, heard this song when it first came out. Loved it because of the beat and tempo. Never really understood it though. As I got older I thought "OMG this is sick" and even sicker that I still love the song. I still don't understand the exact meaning to it.
    I want to hear GM's interpretation of the song. Otherwise, it (opinions, including mine)doesn't count.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 8th, 2011 7:30pm report


    This song is NOT about being molested. Whatch the video with the song and you will understand. This song is about love, passion and hurt. A man who wants nothing more than to make his partner happy if she will just give him a chance. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this song. It is deep and passionate if you get your mind out of the gutter. Molestation? Really? Like GM would right about molestation.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 15th, 2011 6:40pm report


    I haven't read all the interpretations, but I did loose my father at age 10, then my best friend at age 11 (who was to be baptized with me the very weekend she died), I was also taken advantage of several times from age 14 to age 16 by older men (who later married teenagers and had children...not necessarily in that order...hmmm a pattern?)

    When I was 18, I met a man (young man...age 22) and we were subsequently married and have been together for 23 years...this is one of our favorite songs because he has always been there and taken care of me, like my father should have.

    I know that the implications are strong for molestation, but I needed and still need the innocent side of these lyrics. Anything can be made dirty or innocent, given ones life or artistic interpretation...for me, for my life, I need the innocent and I choose to see the song this way.

    (btw, I have a teenage son, a teenage daughter and a two year old, all by a wonderful, awesome father, who will always be my hero!)



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    anonymous
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    Feb 13th, 2011 2:52am report


    Am i the only person who didnt need to read the rest of these lyrics i read the first bit supposly a father figure tune, a didnt need or want to read the rest its sounds to beastie by s.maclean (uk scotland)



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    anonymous
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    Jan 31st, 2011 1:47am report


    This song reminds me of the idea of platonic love, true platonic love in it's original meaning.In Platonic love, it's typically starting out as 1 of 2 things: either 1 mentoring type of relationship where an older person is showing another things about life. ie. how to run a business, be a good citizen, sharing some wisdom and life experience, etc. Then as the relationship grows, a physical nature in the relationship comes about. Or the reverse can happen where there is a physical relationship, and as you spend more time with the person, you grow to love them as a person as well. Either way, it's a perfect love in that there is love of the mind/spirit and the body. It's an all around love. And According to the theory, true love is the same in all circumstances (between parent and offspring, mentor and mentee, between lovers(of the same of differing sex), etc. And in Platonic love you, in life become impregnated both mentally and physically. The idea of impregnation being that you want to pass on your contributions to the world and to future generations either by having offspring (physical) or by passing on their wisdom and experiences to someone of a younger generation (mental impregnation). That's why he is a father figure, a preacher, teacher, and everything you have in mind. He is passing on all he is. He is giving to the next generation in wisdom and maybe in a physical nature. He is giving love in it's purest most perfect sense. And yes, George Michael is gay, by I highly doubt he is a child molester, to the person of the above comment. It could be interpreted that way, but I don't think that was the song's original meaning. Don't forget the idea of Platonic love was originated in Ancient Greece by Plato and Socrates. Back when 1) homosexuality or sexual relationships with members of both sexes (bisexual) was common, excepted, and even considered to be beneficial to their society. It was common for a young boy to be a mentee or apprentice to an older man and learn how to be a man, and a good citizen. learn skills in life, and as a person the boy respected and trusted, it was common for a sexual relationship to ensue. These partnerships were often very strong.The same is true of men on the battlefield. It was not uncommon for soldiers to have relation with each other when off at war for long periods. And why not, if you can trust someone with your life on the battlefield, if you would protect them there and give your life for them, then a physical relationship almost seems a natural progression.



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