Track of the Day: 'You Remind Me of You'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A reader writes:

I think Jack Johnson’s “You Remind Me of You” fits well in your “songs inspired by parenthood” playlist. The lyrics are self-deprecating from the point of view of Jack/Daddy (not far off from Paul Simon in “St. Judy’s Comet”), and they cleverly radiate love for both mother and daughter. It’s a very sweet and comforting message for a younger child. Plus, my kids love singing the “ba-du, ba-du, ba-dus.”

Full lyrics below:

Well, your mama made you pretty
And your mama made you sweet.
Your daddy gave you daydreams
And more cushion in your seat.
Your mama gave you those windows
To your beautiful soul.
Your daddy’s got more love for you
Than you could ever know.

You remind me of you.
Yes, you do now.
You remind me of you.
Yes, you do.

Well your mama made a promise
That your daddy’s gonna keep.
Forever’s how long
Your mamas going to love your…
Daddy made you messy,
And your mama made you neat.
Forever’s how long your daddy’s gonna love your…
Mama made a clone
So she won’t be alone
When the boys and me are getting
So out of control.

You remind me of you.
Yes, you do now.
You remind me of you.
Yes, you do.