The act of choosing 10 songs about daughters growing up is a sad reminder that every little girl grows up to be a woman. Ah, but pretty little girls also grow up to be pretty women, so it's not all bad news. There are probably more rock songs about boys growing up. But this is probably because there are more male rockers.
"Wild One" by Faith Hill. This song about a woman-child sowing her wild oats is not about Hill herself. In real life, Hill is the calmer, more centered half of the Tim McGraw/Faith Hill duo. But if she isn't or wasn't wild, she's certainly seen her share of girls in their crazier years.
- "Don't Blink" by Kenny Chesney. Chesney does nostalgia better than just about anybody. And at the fast pace his career's going, he may well be reminding himself not to blink. After all, he probably doesn't even know what town he's in when he wakes up in the morning while on tour.
- "Daughters" by John Mayer. John Mayer has said his share of dumb things in a short period of time. But when he sings, "Fathers, be good to your daughters/Daughters will love like you do," he's telling the truth for a change. So for once, listen closely to what Mayer says here
- "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield. The fact that the future is unwritten is good news for most. Nobody wants to think they're living out the bad screenplay to a b-movie. Instead, life is a screenplay you write as you go. So get out that keyboard and make the best of it.
- "Always Be My Baby" by Sara Evans. Parents always say this to their kids. 'Oh, you'll always be my little boy/girl.' Other parents love to hear stuff like that said. Men and women in their 20's, however would rather hear their dentist describe the root canal they're about to get, instead of these words.
- "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison. Okay, this song is sung from a lusty male's perspective. And when he notices how the girl has grown, he's not referring to junk in the trunk. Instead, he's avoiding the eyes and looking slightly lower at the chest region. Ah, but it's a fine song, by the ever-soulful Van Morrison.
- 7. "Wide Open Spaces" by Dixie Chicks. If you've ever seen Dixie Chicks in concert, you know what kind of bond they've formed with their fans. Before Taylor Swift came along, this act spoke for the freewheeling country girls everywhere. And no song did this better than "Wide Open Spaces".
- "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan. With this lyric, Dylan advises a girl to age without aging. But that doesn't make sense! Well, it actually does. One can age without sacrificing all innocence, which is what Dylan tried to say here.
- "She's Leaving Home" by The Beatles. This Beatles song was song from the perspective of watching a young lady leave home. This was before they even had teens in the house, mind you. But then again, The Beatles were wise before their years.
"At Seventeen" by Janis Ian. There is also a down side to growing up; especially when you're not the most popular or pretty girl in school. Ian captured this feeling. Many could (and still can) relate to it.
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