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George Michael: Father Figure Meaning

Song Released: 1988

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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...


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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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    Aug 26th, 2009 8:10pm report

    I'm amazed that a woman who was not molested as a child hasn't written the obvious! First of all, molesters usually view themselves as Father figures and 'good for the child'. They also either assume or hope that the child will reciprocate their 'love'...even if 'they don't appear to understand them'. Molesters do not see themselves as criminals, although they are highly aware that others do. But the biggest tragedy is that the molester believes that the child (in some way) desires them, as well "that's all you wanted, something secret in your life, just for a moment, to be warm and naked at my side". When using words like: "if we have faith and can be strong..", the molester is trying to make a bond of secrecy. In these lyrics, it is clear that the molester is earnestly working to convince the child that what he is doing represents 'true love'; not like the others who have done the same physical abuse and "laughed as she cried"....HE wants her to believe that HE is different. A molester MUST gain the trust of the victim so that it will remain a secret. Who does a child usually trust?" A Father, A Preacher, A Teacher.
    Just because you believe yourself to be a literary genius doesn't mean you should shut your eyes to the obvious.


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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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    May 14th, 5:39pm report

    Please, this song is about child molestation"put your tiny hand in mine" i always thought there was something wrong with that line and then the truth came out.


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    Mar 21st, 3:11pm report

    This song is about the very beautiful and consentual relationship between a Dom and his submissive, or the woman he would like to have as his submissive. Such relationships can be viewed as a crime by the mainstream because of the kink that is sometimes involved. The depth of trust, protection, and mutual service both members in the relationship bring is what is described in this song.


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    Mar 14th, 3:38am report

    Father Figure was a song that was about stalking and not about him being gay. If you don't believe me when you watch the video again. Listen to him singing in between the song then you will have a different perspective on the song.


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    Jan 8th, 1:52am report

    You people are crazy. This is obviously a song about the older male/younger male dynamic that exists in the gay community. George Michael was gay. This song is about the desire to be the teacher and lover to a younger man. "I will be your daddy". A daddy in the gay vernacular is an older more experienced man. It usually revolves around sex.


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    Dec 31st, 12:17am report

    I am so happy that some of the interpreters of this beautiful song have been able to see the innocence of the song. The cab driver always appears when the model needs him. She presents a strong persona, but has most likely been used and abused by the men who dominate her and her profession, such as perhaps the photographer. She begins to become conflicted, not only pushing away the photographer but also her make-up routine that symbolizes the false and untouchable symbol of desire that she has been molded into to participate in the fantasy world in which she occupies, in a ruthless industry that uses and abuses her, and by those who have lied to her for selfish motives. The model demonstrates her confusion and disullusionment when she slaps the cab driver, who rather than be angered or dissuaded, immediately returns her action with tenderness. I believe that the end of the video demonstrates that the model has re-affirmed herself in finding that in the fantasy world in which she now can take ownership and also transcend, that she arouses the admiration of the crowds and cameras, knowing full well that the nature of her work is an illusion and that the cab driver is real. He will always be there to love, protect and understand her, as she is beginning to understand the intensity, boldness, and integrity of his love for her.


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    Dec 27th, 12:36am report

    I always think of it as spiritual, with the lyrics 'someone special, someone sacred, 'preacher teacher'

    Then he sings 'Sometimes I think you'll never understand me'. People don't understand what the real meaning is.
    Makes sense when people interpret it as pervy than spiritual.

    Somebody worships him like a god, in the god the father and people being his children kind of way. He will love them until the end of time. Who can do that but a god/Jesus like type figure?

    'Sometimes love can be mistaken for a crime' How many saints have been killed by others saying they're committing a crime?

    'If we have faith in each other'
    'I have had enough of crime'
    'whatever you ask for, that's what I'll be'.
    'Love can't lie' 'Greet me with the eyes of a child'. Jesus said if you want to know god become like the children.
    'Heaven is a kiss and smile'.

    If anybody thinks that's stupid, think of how many of his songs have a spiritual meaning, such as Jesus to a child, Praying for Time etc.


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    Dec 26th, 12:30am report

    I know I love this song because I've listened to it literally countless times. I think it's beautiful.

    I sincerely believe it was written from the perspective of a man who desperately wanted to love a woman, in the fullest, most true and pure meaning of the word, but who was almost painfully aware that it was beyond his grasp for some inexplicable reason, at the time it was written.

    To his enormous credit, I think he made himself astonishingly vulnerable when he wrote and sung this song, and created the music video. I love the song and the music video.


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    Apr 17th, 2015 4:38pm report

    Wow...some of these are to funny to contain my laughter..sorry but true.
    The song is about him being on the road all the time n he meets a younger female at one of the places he was singing, he asks her backstage after the concert. They kiss n she smiles but tells him she is to young n it would be seen as a crime to be together n she would also miss her father (daddy as she calls him)and she doesn't want him destroyed over the age difference by her father or the public. IT is NOT ABOUT MOLESTATION or sexuality etc. The video IS NOT REFLECTIVE of the song EITHER...bless be people. It was about a brief meeting of a younger female after a concert that he fell in love with but she rejected him based on her love for him not to be in trouble with the age difference her 17 , him 21. They spoke n were together for sometime after the concert but she parted for she didn't believe his words of him professing his love for her after only kisses and smiles n talking. She also didn't wish to leave with him for she would miss her father n needed her father..so he told her he would be this for her to feel loved n secure, but in all reality you had to be there when George Michael wrote the song n be there to see the event that made him write this song. For it was real event in his life as he wrote a lot about his life n relationships on that album n solo songs early on.


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    Feb 6th, 2015 2:07pm report

    This is not about a man in love with someone underage. It's obvious that he is obsessed with this woman. He has pics up all over his room follows her to her model shoots and fashion show. Love can be mistaken for a crime...STALKING is a crime. Father figure.. basically he is telling her I will be whatever you want me to be if she will just come back to him. Preacher teacher etc etc.. He loves her that much,but she realizes he is a little obsessive over her. Smh lol now take your hand slap yourself and say DUH. I love this song. :)


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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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    Apr 20th, 2013 4:47pm report

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


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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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    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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    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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    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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