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Origins: Daddy's Whiskers / Father's Whiskers

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FATHER'S WHISKERS


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Father's Whiskers


ken@jaske.com 22 Mar 99 - 07:52 PM
Gene 22 Mar 99 - 09:00 PM
Night Owl 23 Mar 99 - 01:34 AM
dick greenhaus 23 Mar 99 - 11:42 AM
SteveF (inactive) 23 Mar 99 - 11:47 AM
Night Owl 23 Mar 99 - 02:07 PM
Joe Offer 26 May 16 - 03:11 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 26 May 16 - 06:18 PM
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Subject: poor old daddys whiskers, words/music
From: ken@jaske.com
Date: 22 Mar 99 - 07:52 PM

I heard this song as a kid in the late fiftys. I'd like to find it.


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Subject: RE: poor old daddys whiskers, words/music
From: Gene
Date: 22 Mar 99 - 09:00 PM

That dont ring a bell, right away..
But Wayne Raney recorded one titled..
Pardon My Whiskers While I Kiss You Goodnight..
In the 50's...


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Subject: RE: poor old daddys whiskers, words/music
From: Night Owl
Date: 23 Mar 99 - 01:34 AM

I remember learning a song about daddy's whiskers in the fifties but.....that's ALL I can remember..no tune. Maybe listed in a "camp songs" book? Sure hope you find it....I do remember it being a fun song.


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Subject: RE: poor old daddys whiskers, words/music
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 23 Mar 99 - 11:42 AM

Try a search for whiskers. It's there.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DADDY'S WHISKERS / FATHER'S WHISKERS
From: SteveF (inactive)
Date: 23 Mar 99 - 11:47 AM


FATHER'S WHISKERS

We have a dear old daddy
For whom we daily pray,
He's got a set of whiskers,
They're always in the way.

Cho: Oh, they're always in the way,
The cows eat them for hay,
They hide the dirt on father's shirt,
They're always in the way

I learned it in camp as "Daddy's Whiskers." The 'full' version of this song is in the DT database, although one can make up new verses ad nauseum. Do a search on [Father's Whiskers] including the square brackets as shown.


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Subject: RE: poor old daddys whiskers, words/music
From: Night Owl
Date: 23 Mar 99 - 02:07 PM

Hooray!!!!That's the one..knew it was a fun song! Did someone say Database?.....use whiskers if "Daddy's whiskers doesn't work? Uh-Oh.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Daddy's Whiskers / Father's Whiskers
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 May 16 - 03:11 PM

Not much source information available on this. The sources listed in the Traditional Ballad Index are quite recent. Can anybody find any earlier sources. Here's the Ballad Index entry:

Father's Whiskers

DESCRIPTION: "We have a dear old daddy For whom we daily pray, He's got a set of whiskers, They're always in the way." The whiskers are so extensive that they are put to a variety of absurd uses: Straining gas, feeding cattle, serving as camouflage in war
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1973
KEYWORDS: father family humorous nonballad hair
FOUND IN:
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Pankake-PHCFSB, pp. 262-263, "My Pappy's Whiskers" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 241, "Father's Whiskers" (1 text)
DT, FATHWISK

Roud #13619
File: FSWB241A

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2015 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.


...and the lyrics from the Digital Tradition (suggested corrections in italics):

FATHER'S WHISKERS

We have a dear old daddy
For whom we daily pray,
He's got a set of whiskers,
They're always in the way.

CHORUS
Oh,
they're always in the way,
The cows eat them for hay,
They hide the dirt on father's shirt,
They're always in the way.

Father had a strong back,
Now it's all caved in,
He stepped upon his whiskers
And walked up to his chin.

We have a dear old mother,
With him at night she sleeps,
She wakes up in the morning
Eating Shredded Wheat.

We have a dear old brother,
He has a Ford machine,
He uses father's whiskers
To strain the gasoline.

We have a dcar old sister,
It really is a laugh,
She sprinkle's father's whiskers
As bath salts in her bath.

Father has a daughter,
Her name is Ella Mae,
she climbs up father's whiskers
And braids them all the way.

Around the supper table
We make a merry group,
Until dear father's whiskers
Get tangled in the soup

Father fought in Flanders,
He wasn't killed, you see,
His whiskers looked like bushes
And fooled the enemy.

When father goes in swimming,
No bathing suit for him,
He ties his whiskers 'round his waist
And gaily plunges in.

@kids @camp @family
filename[ FATHWISK
RG


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Subject: RE: Origins: Daddy's Whiskers / Father's Whiskers
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 26 May 16 - 06:18 PM

Perhaps, the greatest insight from this thread...

Search MC/DT using "square brackets"...aka [square brackets]

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

However, a modern search through Google and "mudcat" AND "specific term" has brought up wonders that pay homage to the founders.


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