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Father, Father, where you been?
I've been out in the world since I was only ten.
Father, Father, where you been?
I've been out in the world since I was only ten.
Don't worry 'bout me
I'm about to die of pleurisy.
Jack Kerouac, "Home I'll Never Be" (recorded as a song by Tom Waits on Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards)

Daddy's flown across the ocean
Leavin' just a memory
A snapshot in the family album
Daddy, what else did you leave for me?
Daddy, what'd you leave behind for me?!
All in all, it was just a brick in the wall.
All in all, it was all just bricks in the wall.

My father left my mother
for the love of aPOONTANGnother
And I have a BASTARD brother
Who I've never really known
Because me dad moved up to Queensland
And he doesn't have a BULLSHIT YOU FAT FUCK telephone
Tim Minchin, Angry (Feet)

Indiana Jones: It was just the two of us, dad. It was a lonely way to grow up. For you, too. If you had been an ordinary, average father like the other guys' dads, you'd have understood that.
Professor Henry Jones Sr.: Actually, I was a wonderful father.
Indy: When?
Henry: Did I ever tell you to eat up? Go to bed? Wash your ears? Do your homework? No. I respected your privacy and I taught you self- reliance.
Indy: What you taught me was that I was less important to you than people who had been dead for five hundred years in another country. And I learned it so well that we've hardly spoken for twenty years.

Nightmare Moon: "And… what would father say, knowing… that we… that you used his gift to do this to… to me?"
Celestia: "Nothing. Father isn't here, Luna. He was never here."

"Angelo pretty much split shortly after she was born, and only resurfaced once she got famous (ah, classic Hollywood cockroach parenting). Then he kind of split again after she wouldn’t let him hump on her bank account, and was estranged from her for the last 8 years of her life. But that hasn’t stopped him from using the name @BrittMurphyDad on Twitter or re-launching investigations into her death and running to the press. But Angelo is so shook-up at the idea that anyone would exploit Britney’s death for profits! Well, you know, besides him… the second Angelo heard that Lifetime had made an biopic about his daughter, he immediately called up his lawyer (who I’m guessing is probably Saul Goodman) because he wants to make sure he sees a cut of the profits."
DListed, "Brittany Murphy’s Deadbeat Dad Plans To Sue Lifetime For Making A Movie About His Daughter"

"We're a generation of men raised by women."
Tyler Durden, Fight Club

Ryuuji: He abandoned you and you're pissed. I get it. I know it hurt, but come on! Don't you want to go home?
Taiga: You don't know a damn thing about me. I don't want that loser in my life. And he didn't abandon me, I abandoned him! I threw him away 'cos he's trash!

The weekly phone calls became monthly, then only on special occasions, then stopped altogether. When Mum told us his new wife had just given birth, we knew it was only a matter of time before even the birthday presents ceased. And cease they did. Everything ceased. Even Mum's child support. We older two had expected it—just never guessed he would erase us all from his life quite so fast. I clearly remember that moment after the final good-bye, after the front door had closed and the sound of Dad's car faded down the street. Huddled up against the pillows with my new cuddly dog and the picture of the house I knew I'd never get to visit, I was suddenly overcome by a huge surge of rage and hatred for a father who had once claimed to love me so much.
Maya Whitely, Forbidden

Gendo: It's been a while.
Shinji: It would have been far longer, if not for the fact that your brother convinced me to give you one last chance. So far, you are failing miserably if you intended this to be any kind of happy family reunion.

My father was a tattoo artist in Haiphong
But his designs on mother didn't last too long.
The Engineer, opening lyrics of "The American Dream", Miss Saigon

Lloyd: You ruined my life!
Garmadon: Pssh. That's not true. I haven't even been a part of your life, how could I ruin it? I wasn't even there.

Phineas: My idea is for the two of us to, I don't exactly want to call it running away, but…uhh… we leave and go and find our dads. I mean, we're eleven! I think we deserve to know who our real dads are and what happened to them!
Isabella: I think you're right, Phineas. I think we do deserve to know. But I hope you know that this isn't gonna be easy. If our parents haven't told us about them, then they probably don't want us to know. I have no idea if my mom will even tell me his name.

Martok: Worf, one moment. We have shed blood together, escaped from a Jem'Hadar prison together, you have pledged yourself and your life to my house. Yet in all this time you never once mentioned that you had a son.
Worf: ... It is a... difficult subject to discuss.
Martok: That much is obvious.

All those years I wanted Dad and me to do things together. I guess that’s why I became Robin. Something to do while Mom and Dad were trotting the globe digging up ancient civilizations. Something to fill the empty place in my life.
Tim Drake, Robin #11

And the bosun (cunning fucker)
Lay with her for forty days and forty nights
And on the fortieth day she came to him and said
"I bear thee a son
What steps shalt thou take?"
"Bloody great big ones across the desert!"
Saga of Daniel

Now ain’t nobody tell us it was fair
No love for my daddy, ‘cause the coward wasn't there
He passed away, and I didn’t cry
‘Cause my anger wouldn’t let me feel for a stranger
They say I’m wrong and I’m heartless
But all along I was looking for a father he was gone
I hung around with the thugs
And even though they sold drugs they showed a young brotha love
Tupac Shakur, "Dear Mama"

Hamilton: When Joe left ten years ago he told her he was just going out for a short beer.
Vitale: I'm sure he had one.
It Started in Naples (1960)

Father of mine
Tell me, where have you been?
You know, I just closed my eyes
My whole world disappeared
Father of mine
Take me back to the day
Yeah, when I was still your golden boy
Back before you went away
Everclear, "Father of Mine"


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