June 11, 2009

The Violent Femmes, Gnarls Barkley//Gone Daddy Gone

I’m Goin'! Gone Daddy Gone Daddy Gone! Chain Reaction Week! Yesterday’s last word was: Gone.

I’m going to be gone, daddy, gone from OSS tomorrow, so today you get double the linked songs, or more accurately, two versions of the same awesome song that work so well as the finale of Chain Reaction Week.

Not to be confused with Go Daddy (oh helllll no), Gone Daddy Gone is an amazing, amazing early 80s Violent Femmes song, written by Gordon. The song is so amazing that it spawned this second version from the also totally-solid but different-as-you-can-be-from-the-Femmes hip-hop/soul outfit Gnarls Barkley. From Wikipedia:

The lyrics borrow a complete verse from Willie Dixon's 1954 song "I Just Want To Make Love To You" (originally recorded by Muddy Waters). The Femmes give proper credit for this in the liner notes of their debut album. For this reason, the song is occasionally referred to as "Gone Daddy Gone/I Just Want To Make Love To You", as on Permanent Record: The Very Best of Violent Femmes. It features two xylophone solos.
A cover version of the song was the third single released in the United States by Gnarls Barkley, and is taken from their debut album St. Elsewhere (2006). An animated music video was also made.

Gone Daddy Gone.mp3 (Violent Femmes Version)

Gone Daddy Gone.mp3 (Gnarls Barkley Version)

When I see you,
Eyes will turn blue.
When I see you,
A thousand eyes turnin’ blue.
Cuz it’s gone, daddy, gone,
Her love is gone.
Gone, daddy, gone,
Here love is gone away.

Chain Reaction is also a 1960s band previously known as The Strangeurs, a song by Can from Soon Over Babaluma and a square dance call. Seriously—a square dance call?

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