My brother asked me to recommend songs for the Father/Bride and Mother/Groom dances at his upcoming wedding. He said he and his fiance were having trouble finding "appropriate" choices, and boy he's not kidding. A perusal of some of the songs recommended on the web for parent/child dances reveals some lyrics that make my blood, personally, not exactly boil but feel icky.
Finally, though, I found the _perfect_ song for my mother and my brother. Jimmy Durante's version of "Make Someone Happy" from the "Sleepless In Seattle" soundtrack:
Make someone happy,
Make just one someone happy;
Make just one heart the heart you sing to.
One smile that cheers you,
One face that lights when it nears you,
One girl you're ev'rything to.
Fame if you win it,
Comes and goes in a minute.
Where's the real stuff in life to cling to?
Love is the answer,
Someone to love is the answer.
Once you've found her, build your world around her.
Make someone happy,
Make just one someone happy,
And you will be happy, too.
Bonus: my mother loves Jimmy Durante.
I came up with a list of other songs that are maximum 10% icky when applied to parent and child. Clip and save!
Bride and Father
Your Smiling Face
How Sweet it is to be Loved by You--James Taylor
Turn Around--Harry Belafonte
The Way You Look Tonight--Frank Sinatra
Isn't She Lovely--Stevie Wonder
A Whole New World from Aladdin
Groom and Mother
The Wonder Of You--Elvis
Close To You --The Carpenters
Your Mother Should Know-- The Beatles
Try To Remember from The Fantasticks
Little Things Mean a Lot-- Kitty Kallen
God Only Knows-- Beach Boys
Sunshine On My Shoulders-- Jonn Denver
Through The Years-- Kenny Rogers
Wonderful World-- Louis Armstrong
You are the Sunshine of my Life-- Stevie Wonder
Have I Told You Lately-- Van Morrison
Bridge Over Troubled Water-- Simon and Garfunkel or Johnny Cash
All You Need is Love-- Beatles
I Will-- Beatles
Perhaps Love-- Placido Domingo and John Denver
Teach Your Children --CSN
Our Love is Here to Stay-- Nat King Cole or Ella Fitzgerald