Beautiful girl lovely dress
High school smiles oh yes
Beautiful girl lovely dress
Where she is now I can only guess

'Cause it's gone daddy gone
The love is gone
Gone daddy gone
The love is gone away
'Cause it's gone daddy gone
Your love is gone
Gone daddy gone
The love is gone away

When I see you
Eyes will turn blue
When I see you
Thousand eyes turnin' blue

'Cause it's gone daddy gone
The love is gone
Gone daddy gone
The love is gone away
Yeah it's gone daddy gone
Your love is gone
Gone daddy gone
The love is gone away

Tell by the way you that you switch and walk
I can see by the way that you baby talk
I can know by the way you treat your man
I can love you baby til it's a cryin'

'Cause it's gone daddy gone
Your love is gone
Gone daddy gone
The love is gone
Gone daddy gone
The love is gone
Yeah it's gone daddy gone
The love is gone

Beautiful girl lovely dress
Fifteen smiles oh yes
Beautiful girl lovely dress
Where she is now I can only guess

'Cause it's gone daddy gone
Your love is gone
Gone daddy gone
The love is gone
Gone daddy gone
The love is gone
Yeah it's gone daddy gone
The love is gone away


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"Gone Daddy Gone" as written by Willie Dixon Gordon Gano

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  • +3
    General CommentWord for word, Gano's explanation of the song on a bootleg live CD I own. "This is a song about being out of high school, and the love being gone."
    relephant23elephanton November 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbest song with a Xylophone ever

    violent femmes are rad
    DADSonACIDon June 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood song
    Potatoes9000on April 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeems like some Pedopheila is going on here.
    Goukuhon May 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with DADSonACID.... Totally brilliant Xylophone solo!!!! I love that the Femmes use so much percussion in their music... Not entirely sure about the meaning though. Someone searching for love and not finding it? Anyone actually know for sure?
    partofthiswasmineon March 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about loss of innocence. Maybe a long lost high school love.
    kmk_natashaon March 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthigh school girlfriend perhaps.
    happytreefriend89on April 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn respsone to Goukuh:

    Keep in mind that when Gordon Gano (the writer and singer of the Femmes) wrote the songs on the first album, he was either still in high school or just finishing, at the ripe age of 18. On one of the albums, he actually says he wrote this song for some girl (he gave her name, it was Stacy something I think). The song is pretty straight-forward. It's about a guy who loved a girl in high school, but either she graduated or he graduated, which means he doesn't see her anymore. Or, it could be about a guy who considers his high school love the one that got away.
    musky_oxon July 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGood tune: Lyrics borrow shamelessly from Willie Dixon's 1954 blues standard "I want to make Love to You". Bit of plagiarism. Here's the original version:

    "They tell about the way you Switch and walk
    Now I can see by the way you Baby talk
    Now I can know by the way you Treat your man
    That I could love you baby until the Cryin' shame"
    mars21on October 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI saw the Gnarls Barkly video of this song and was paying so much attention to the video and it's...uniqueness...that I didn't pay much attention to the lyrics so I looked it up here and saw that it was a cover for the Femmes.

    I agree that I think it's about a high school sweetie(who was 15?) that he had been in love with and that they go there seperate ways.

    I wasn't quit sure what he meant by when eyes turn blue so i typed it into google to see if I could find anything and an elvis costello song 'when green eyes go blue' popped up so I looked up those lyrics as well. In Elvis' song he talks about everytime he sees this girl he loves her so much that he can't even talk. He goes on to say that even as time goes on, you may learn and gain experince but he'd rather 'squander' all his wits away because 'You brighten up my darkest gaze'. He wonders why the hell they didn't stay together and when the times get rough he still thinks of her to get through it and that he will always feel love for her. I then think the Femmes might have been trying to get across the same message and so put their blue eyed thing in...

    The next verse is probably explaining that he can tell that she is unhappy and that she isn't in a very good marriage and that he still would've been better.
    LainyBainyon October 21, 2006   Link

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