Your father called
He said you're better without him, I'm not the only fuck
Without them, how to tie a tie and how to get your suit hemmed up
Take it to the shop, then what?
Maybe Tyler wonders whether he was better off without his father. This is likely an excuse Tyler imagines his father using for his absence though (or maybe he actually did). He doesn’t accept this excuse because he needed someone there to teach him to many basic things about being a man
Tyler doesn’t want to be too emo, he knows others go through pain too
The juxtaposition of the lines “your father called/He said you’re better with him,” and “I’m not the only one without them,” highlights the falsehood of the first statement that Tyler was better off without his Father — going on to mention just a few things he missed out on growing up due to the lack of his father in his life. And although it seems mundane, almost — tying a tie, getting your suit hemmed — it’s not necessarily something grand that he wanted from his father.
Not wealth, a new car, or any material goods. Using a “mundane” example of what he (and other kids/sons/bastards) missed out on, seems to make it much more personal — What are these images he’s invoking? A father teaching a son things — a father spending quality time with his child.
Also, by stating “I’m not the only fuck” he reinforces a theme throughout the song “I know I’m not the only bastard in America” that this is a personal song as well as a song for every “Bastard.” He’s not the only one that goes through these issues and wants to make that very clear. I don’t think it’s tied to Tyler not wanting to sound emo, but to connecting with others who have gone/and are going through similar things.
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