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Monday, 20 June 2011

Dat Dere

Music by Bobby Timmons 1960
Lyrics by Oscar Brown Jr 1961



Happy Father's Day to all our followers in the US and UK, I think this song will describe how many dads feel as they raise their kids to adulthood.

Hey daddy what’s that there?
And why that under there?
And oh daddy oh hey daddy hey look at over there,
Hey what they doing there?
And where they going there?
And daddy can I have that big elephant over there?

Hey who that in the chair?
And what’s she doing there?
And oh daddy oh hey daddy can I go over there?
Hey daddy what’s a square?
And where do we get air?
And daddy can I have that big elephant over there?

My quizzical kid,
Man he doesn’t want anything here,
He’s forever demanding to know who what and why and where,
Inquisitive child,
And sometimes the questions get wild,
Like daddy can I have that big elephant over there?

Don’t wanna comb my hair,
And where’s my teddy bear,
And oh daddy oh hey look at the cowboy coming there,
Hey can I have a pear?
Or boots like that to wear
And daddy can I have that big elephant over there?

The time will march the years will go,
The little fellas gonna grow,
I gotta tell him what he needs to know,
Help him along, so he’ll know right from wrong, gotta make him strong,

As life’s parade goes trudging by,
He’ll need to know some reasons why,
I don’t have all the answers but I’ll try,
Best that I can, gonna help him to plan, so he’ll be a man,

You give a kid your best,
And you hope he’ll pass the test,
When you finally send him out into the world somewhere,

But though he’s grown I’m betting,
I never will forget him,
Daddy can I have that big elephant over there?

Hey what they doing there?
And how you work that there?
And oh daddy oh hey daddy hey what that say up there?
Hey daddy what is fair?
How come I gotta share?
And daddy can I have that big elephant over there?

1 comment:

  1. Why can't I find the great Mose Allison singing this great version of the great song????

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