August 1, 2011
“Daddy” is the first in a string of provocative Parton singles that absolutely bewildered country radio.
Here, a daughter addresses her cheating father, who is leaving her mother behind for a woman who is younger than 23, the age of our unhappy narrator here.
I can’t imagine her mother would be particularly thrilled with her harrowing description of her faded charm, but the fact that Parton was willing to make a song out of a conversation like this at all is as impressive today as it was in 1969.
Come to think of it, her last album would’ve been a lot more interesting if she’d thrown in a few numbers like this.
Written by Dolly Parton