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Melody Chiu
June 17, 2015 09:20 AM

With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, Cyndi Lauper is celebrating her wonderful husband David Thornton, but also reminding sons everywhere that it’s just fine to find their own paths in life.

“When kids are little, they try to be exactly like their dads,” Lauper, who won the Tony Award for best original score in 2013 for the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “But in the end, all little boys have to grow up and be the men who they are supposed to be, not the image of what they think their fathers want.”

Father-son relationships are front and center in the musical, and one of the songs, “I’m Not My Father’s Son,” is “about unconditional love and about being true to yourself,” says the singer, 61. “Not everyone has an ideal relationship with their fathers, and sometimes there is some stuff you can’t fix, but even Lola, whose dad rejects him, was able to find some closure with his father in the show.”

While looking for inspiration for this particular song (the original demo of the song can be heard exclusively below), Lauper “started observing my own son and husband,” she says. “I got a lot of the lyrics in the chorus from watching [my son] Declan, how when he was really small he just imitated his dad … tried to walk like him and be just like him.”

One particular line was inspired by her mother-in-law, who “used to tell my husband he had ‘the patience of Job,’ which I think all good fathers have to have,” says Lauper. “David is a great dad.”

Reporting by CARYN MIDLER

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