Song Analysis

Father’s Son

Thursday 25 August 2011, by Cécile Desbrun

[article coming soon. In the meantime, read Tori’s quotes about the song.]

"Well, it [music] can chronicle time, clearly. And yet, as it’s mirroring what’s going on, sometimes it’s the match that you throw on the kindling that sparks conciousness. And sometimes it’s not just one piece of music. Sometimes it is a barrage. You get a spark here and a spark there and I think we’re beginning to see that again, like we did in the 90’s. We had it at different time periods, where you have music periods reflecting the time. If you really look back at your American history. George Bush’s father had been reigning when Grunge was on the horizon in its infancy. When I was writing Little Earthquakes, the father was in power and I wrote a song called ’Sweet Dreams,’ which was about the father And we have a song on this record that really adressed the American people about the son. And ’Dark Side of the Sun.’ And ’Father’s Son.’ There is a lot of this, what would you say, it’s a parallel to me to the Roman Empire, of how lineage and power had been passed on in the land of the free of all places now. We’re living that, we’re dealing with that now. It’s very poetic to me how it’s occurring, the parallels." (Pressetext.austria, June 26, 2007)