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If I possessed musical talent, I would totally write an epic song or two for my lovely daughter. It would be catchy, sweet and beautiful—just like her. Alas, when I sing I'm asked to stop. I hit all the wrong keys on the piano, and let's not talk about that time I attempted to play the violin. I made sounds akin to a cat being tortured, not music.
Now, these 10 lucky musicians could—and did—express love for their offspring in musical form. Most recently ,Macklemore's brand new song "Growing Up (Sloan's Song)" to David Bowie's long ago "Kooks."
1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
"Growing Up (Sloane's Song)" is a far cry from busting tags in "Thrift Store." His collaboration with Ed Sheeran is a touching love song to his newborn daughter, Sloane. "Our daughter, Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty was born two months ago on May 29th," Macklemore wrote in a letter to his fans. "There is nothing like the joy and happiness that comes from bringing a baby into this universe. She has filled my heart in ways that I never knew were possible. She is the love of my life. This song is for her."
2. Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder penned "Isn't She Lovely" after the birth of his daughter, Aisha. The song begins with the sound of a baby being born and ends with audio of Wonder playing with Aisha. Several of the verses end with the sweet line, "Isn't she lovely, made from love."
3. John Lennon
John Lennon wrote "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" for his son Sean (the only child Lennon and Yoko Ono had together). The song begins with Lennon comforting his child from what is assumed to be a nightmare, and evolves into an ode to fatherhood and the love he has for his boy. He directly references his son by name at the end when he whispers, "Good night, Sean. See you in the morning. Bright and early."
Paul McCartney didn't write "Hey Jude" for one of his own children but for John Lennon's son Julian. The emotional ditty was originally called "Hey Jules," but he changed it because "Hey Jude" presumably just sounded better. McCartney conceived the song to comfort Julian after his parents (Lennon and his first wife, Cynthia Lennon) broke up. "I knew it was not going to be easy for him," McCartney said of his motives in writing the tune.
Two days after the birth of Blue Ivy, while Beyoncé was recovering from childbirth, her hubby Jay-Z released the song "Glory." But she can't be mad at him keeping busy with business; the song was an ode to their newborn baby. The song opens with Blue's first heartbeat and ends with a sample of her cries. While the song is a celebration of a new life, it also touches upon Beyonce's miscarriage with the lyrics, "False alarms and false starts, all made better by the sound of your heart ... last time the miscarriage was so tragic," and "Last time the miscarriage was so tragic/We was afraid you'd disappear/But nah baby you magic."
Blue Ivy doesn't have just one superstar parents, but two. So of course her mom, Beyoncé, would also pen songs for her, "God Made You Beautiful" and "Blue," which includes the touching lyrics, "Each day I feel so blessed to be looking at you 'cause when you open your eyes, I feel alive. My heart beats so damn quick when you say my name. When I'm holding you tight, I'm so alive."
Queen B's other song for Little Miss B, the ditty "God Made You Beautiful," includes the lyrics, "When you were born, the angels sighed in delight. They never thought they'd see such a beautiful sight. You took a breath and the world was right again. Tears were shed, how I have been blessed. And your love it shines so bright. You bring me back to life, back to life. You make everything right."
7. David Bowie
The song "Kooks," from David Bowie's album Hunky Dory, is an ode to his son Zowie (now known as Duncan Jones). The song has a Neil Young influence, due to the fact that apparently Bowie was listening to Young when he got the news of his son's birth. "We bought a lot of things to keep you warm and dry, and a funny old crib on which the paint won't dry. I bought you a pair of shoes, a trumpet you can blow, and a book of rules on what to say to people when they pick on you. 'Cause if you stay with us you're gonna be pretty kookie too." His "kookie" son went on to become a successful ad director/producer.
8. Neil Young
Speaking of Neil Young, the iconic rocker penned the tribute, "Here for You," to his college-age daughter, Amber Jean. He opted to illustrate his loyalty to her in song: "I miss you. But I never want to hold you down. You might say I'm here for you".
9. Bob Dylan
We all know Dylan's song "Forever Young," be it from TV commercials to the version by Rod Stewart to being quoted in college graduation speeches. But did you know that the song was written for Jakob Dylan, the youngest of four children Bob Dylan had with first wife? It features hopeful and sentimental lyrics like, "May you build a ladder to the stars. And climb on every rung."
10. Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravtiz may seem like a total rocker, but he's more than that. He's a rocker with a sensitive side. In "Garden for Zoe," a song to his daughter, he sings of "... oceans for Zoe. Jungle gym playgrounds. All kinds of things for you to explore."