January 4, 2005

Do not let him loose on Squeeze Box

Paul Farhi of The Washington Post has launched an investigation into the utterly fascinating and compelling origins (no punctuation mark necessary for astute readers) of the phrase Who's Your Daddy?

I doubt even the best possible version of such an article was necessary, but here's the sentence that stopped me. "While the phrase has its innocent overtones -- in the 1969 Zombies hit 'Time of the Season,' the singer investigates a potential love interest by inquiring, 'What's your name, who's your daddy?' -- its most direct and historic meaning has been sexual."

Just to make sure there's no confusion, Farhi later reiterates that the Zombies lyric refers to the girl's father and does not have the "spicy connotation" of "male lover."

What's your name? Who's your daddy? Is he rich like me? Has he taken any time To show you what you need?

My guess is Farhi didn't get it when he first heard the song as a kid, but if you're gonna cover the hard news, sometimes you gotta let go of that childhood innocence.

Posted by Daniel Radosh


Damn you, Daniel Radosh!

I read this yesterday afternoon and considered commenting but decided against it. Then all freakin' evening, what song was playing in my head? I hate that damn song.

You should really exercise more caution around your impressionable readers.

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