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George Michael: Father Figure Meaning

Song Released: 1988

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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 3rd, 2018 8:24pm report

    GM always said he was emotionally attached to men. Therefore to write lyrics of such depth, I doubt sincerely this was about a woman. He was not out at the time so the music video had nothing to do with the lyrics. I believe he had someone in mind when writing the words. Its not about a woman or a child or a father/son/daughter relationship at all. Its about two men and how he really falls in love and wants to be loved the same way. Its not about sex but rather sacred love, the kind most of us never find. The absence of any reference to a man or woman is obvious, "I have had enough of crime' refers to a gay relationship. In the 80's it was taboo to be gay and unless you were there to experience it, you will never understand why people did not come out during this time. HIV epidemic was worse than you can imagine and gay people were blamed. "Sometimes love can be mistaken for a crime" is another reference to a gay relationship. It was considered dirty, disgusting and criminal, apart from laws preventing gay people to be free in their choices, the social sigma was bigger than anything you have experienced. The song is about true love, despite the challenges faced and teaching someone how to be free with their love, regardless of the outcome. "I will love you til the end of time" Its a song about REAL love between two men, and that it exists. He wants to teach this person how to love, because he is in love. Beautifully written and so deep in meaning, we can only be in awe of his talent and that a man could feel so much, he truly was a remarkable man who tried really hard to hide his vulnerability and failed. What a beautiful way to fail.


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    Feb 5th, 2018 2:36pm report

    This song's meaning is a tough one because the lyrics(brilliant) convey and hint at so many layers..which I think is definitely deliberate on the part of GM. I think with the video he went with the easiest and SAFEST interpretation,especially for that time period when few celebrities were openly gay. The video accounts for so many people automatically seeing this as a love song from a man to a woman. To me, that's just the surface meaning. I think the sex of the loved one is ambiguous..could be male or female, and that also is deliberate on GM's part. This song is kind of a tease by GM...figure out who and what I'm referring to, GM teases, and his biggest point is probably that there is more than one meaning to his lyrics! For me personally, I remember hearing this song when I was the same age as George was when he sang it. I was born the same year as GM, which is pretty cool in my opinion, since he was so talented. So I was 23-24 heard old. I am female, and at 24, was like GM, a young adult at that time.As fate would have it, I was in a very intense, but very unique relationship with a man much older than me..a real father figure in the total sense of that term.I say that because my emotional attachment & love for this man was very passionate, BUT our relationship was platonic , never sexual, except probably subconsciously,.at least on my part. In every other way, we were as close as a man & a woman could be. And I fully admit & recognize that he was my father figure, even at the "ripe old age" of 24 when I should have been over that! But then again I grew up with an emotionally distant father, so I was craving that relationship I had missed, especially during those crucial teen years when I think kids need it most. I love my real dad & he never hurt me physically or sexually, but due to family dynamics I missed out on his love & influence in my younger years.So just when this song "Father Figure" was all over the radio waves ironically, I was in such an intense emotional relationship with my very own father figure! So I have a very special attachment to this song. I would hear some of GM's lyrics when he was talking to his beloved in this song,& could identify with it and with this man I was involved with saying these very same words to me.."put your tiny hand in mine" "I will be your preacher, teacher" These lyrics were very similar to what this man actually had said to me since our relationship had begun. So I totally identified with & was drawn to this song & how it mirrored my experience at that time in most ways, except in the sexual sense. For me, this magical and haunting song will always have that significance ..reminding me of one of the most intense & profound relationships of my life. For G Michael however, besides teasing us with different layers of meaning, I believe it was probably his veiled attempt to give us a hint of his true sexuality. Almost like this was the most he could dare to "come out" at that time. I truly believe that he personally had a man in mind with these lyrics, not a woman, since that was his sexual orientation. I have definitely heard interpretations of this song's lyrics that supposedly describe a male homosexual dynamic..older "father figure" to younger less experienced man, that I trust is probably true. I don't have a problem with that as long as it involves two consenting adults, same goes for a straight relationship. Anything that violates the age requirement is jailbait or pedophilia, and I do have a big problem with that! So I hope that G Michael is not alluding to any such relationship in this song because that would be immoral & illegal, but then again there's this thing called freedom of speech. Mostly, I hope GM is not alluding to pedophilia because that would be so disheartening to say the least!There is no history of this during his career either in his music or actions that anyone knows of so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.Keep in mind when listening to his lyrics that not everything is to be taken literally..i.e "with the eyes of a child" does not have to mean that he is LITERALLY referring to a child or someone underage! Even the reference to "tiny hand" does not have to be automatically attributed to a child. I take it as his reference to someone younger or less experienced or simply to someone physically smaller, but that person can still be someone over 18. George was a brilliant lyricist...reallly practically a poet/ storyteller. It's just that his poems had beautiful music to accompany them. Think of all the best poems,stories or songs. Now think back to English class. The best ones use comparison, metaphors..basically words and phrases that symbolize or represent something else, rather than having a literal meaning. And George Michael was a writer of some of the best poems ever put to music. For sure he used a lot of symbolism. Remember that when you take his lyrics so literally! Enjoy the beautiful art he have gave us in every song he ever wrote. He was a true musical genius.


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    Dec 1st, 2017 12:01pm report

    Come on! I'm absolutely dumb struck by the Myriad of people who either, have experienced seriously bad people in their lives or sick people who's minds automatically twist to a warped view of a song about an older persons view of his/her relationship with a younger partner! I was 31 when I met my now wife, she was 20. We are 15 years into a very happy relationship (8 married) and, yes, I am the Father Figure, not that it would be said between us. The song is a favourite for us both and I firmly believe that GM was a good person whose name is being besmirched by anyone who thinks otherwise. Please don't turn everything beautiful into another reason to hate, we have enough of that in our lives in this day and age.


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    Nov 7th, 2017 11:22pm report

    GM was the most beautiful, talented, easily bruised gay man in the world. (Why are gays often so gorgeous?!!). This song has nothing to do with loving a woman or a young woman, it's one of his efforts to hint at his true sexuality when he was scared to death of the consequences. I'm a straight woman, biologically old enough to be his mother and I could tell early on he was gay, and I will love him for eternity. His voice, music and conflicted persona is what makes GM a Greek god IMO.


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    Jul 22nd, 2017 7:13pm report

    I believe it is about a women because women's hands are smaller than man's and he is going to be there so she wont get hurt anymore, Father's protect there daughter's and want what is best for them

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    Jun 24th, 2017 6:56pm report

    He was seemingly trying to put off a growing public personna about his being gay. It really never worked and when it finally came out that he was, in fact, quite gay, I wanted to be his personal "Father Figure"!!!! Man, that guy always, even later on, had a BODY. SO---there ya go...... cf


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    May 14th, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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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