Invisible Father

Invisible Father

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A true story that just tumbled out into a song today! I no longer feel sadness or anger or really anything at all about the topic. But it was surprisingly easy to recall the details and lay them out in a song. If my father gave me anything it was the inspiration to NOT be like him! To lead a meaningful life with love and devotion to my family.

Oh and this one is a return to my country roots!

Lyrics: 

Invisible Father
July 4, 2021
https://www.johnstaplesmusic.com/50-90-2021/JohnStaples-InvisibleFather.mp3

every night's a rerun
with you down at the bar
young mom and two kids home
with no idea where you are
you stumble through the front door
just a little before dawn
not caring 'bout the
pain you have caused

invisible father
unwilling dad
never cared about
the family you had
you chose poker and whiskey
and your friends down at the pub
while your family needed
someone to love

MIA on weekends
buddies and drinkin'
ditch your family at grandpa's
what the hell were you thinkin'?
you get 'em back together
to drive home on Sunday night
sleepy kids in the backseat
you and mom in a fight

invisible father
unwilling dad
never cared about
the family you had
you chose poker and whiskey
and your friends down at the pub
while your family needed
someone to love

Mom finally left you
kids did ok
the drink finally killed you
one miserable day
this beautiful family
but you couldn't be bothered
when you died no one noticed
the invisible father

invisible father
unwilling dad
never cared about
the family you had
you chose poker and whiskey
and your friends down at the pub
while your family needed
someone to love

© 2021 John Staples
JohnStaplesMusic.com



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Comments

meriamber's picture

Wow. This is EPIC as a first song. Talk about hitting hard in the feels. Awesome lyrics.

Arthur Rossi's picture

Powerful and that well-crafted lyrics based on a true story... Very touching and down-to-earth. Very nice musical take on them, too...

Jibbidy34's picture

John this is so powerful! I felt sad and mad listening along as your words take us from the negligent dad to the abandoned family and back again. I listened to the song first before reading your liner notes and then all became clear! I’m so glad you returned to your country roots because this is a keeper. Isn’t songwriting amazing for this very reason? You can capture an uneasy moment in time like this and turn it into a future masterpiece!

coolparadiso's picture

Yup . Good to have that song out! A fine song as a listener.my favourite of your styles on a topic clearly close. Great song mate hats off!

Marilisa's picture

Woah - amazing first song! Very strong start, and good to see you back! Smile This is so poignant and clearly comes from the heart. The arrangement is great, too!

OdilonGreen's picture

It feels almost like cheapening the experience to reduce a song this raw and touching to a "nice job!", but it is a strong song, that really burrows into the listener's heart and mind, so, even as a piece of art considered apart from its personal significance, it is a very well done song indeed.

billwhite51's picture

tell the truth brother. my dad would take me fishing and on the way home would stop into a bar to buy some cigarettes. i would sit there in the car for two or three hours before he came stumbling out drunk. you tell your story so well. and i believe you when you say there is no more anger, because all i hear is the pain.

Gm7's picture

This is a hard topic to write about... but you created a great story with the lyrics..wonderful first song!

Classic country! Gotta love “3 chords and the truth!” My stepdad would bribe us with cokes and candy to not tell my mother he stopped off for a beer. Well done, John!

Scubed's picture

“Invisible father” carries so much truth in two words. Your soul-searing lyrics and heartfelt delivery are really powerful. There are all kinds of invisible fathers - I suspect many people can relate to this song.

ElaineDiMasi's picture

Really glad to hear this song. Classic country as said above, with terrific vocal phrasing everywhere, and a delicate touch on the color lines in the arrangement. To my ear the sense of peace or at least distance you have, at this remove, is surely coming through. And that can be inspiring, maybe more so than the "righteous anger" phase of expressing in songs. Now your fellow travelers when they hear it, maybe they know that they too can get past some of that. The family is not just ok, they're beautiful.

Old Lost John's picture

You tell real life with such an honest and natural feel. It's there in the carefully chosen words, no trickery, just straight to the bone and singing it like one is sitting next to you. The music rolls by just as it should without ever stealing the show from the story.

crisp1's picture

Such raw emotion in the words, and the music is just right for the story you're telling here. Great job!

musicsongwriter's picture

Very powerful, honest story told from heart. It is sad to have an invisable father. Beautiful, epic singing and playing John.