“Daddy Could Swear, I Declare” Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips (1973)

June 2, 2011


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“Daddy Could Swear, I Declare” is one of my favorite GK&TP tune.  It appeared on Motown’s Soul label LP “Neither One Of Us.”

This LP would be the group’s last before leaving Motown, where they were often neglected and underutilized, for greener pastures and much deserved uber success!

Aren’t Empress Gladys and the Pips great in this vintage Soul Train performance of this classic?

“Daddy Could Swear, I Declare” – Composed by Johnny Bristol, Gladys Knight & Merald “Bubba” Knight

Oh, oh, yeah
Yeah, oh my mercy

Ooh, how I remember, daddy
He was young and had a built in tan yeah
And though he only stood about a five feet seven
My daddy was a heck of a man
Yes, he was, y’all

He loved us all and we knew it
Though he showed it in a very funny way
For most of the time
He was a cussin’ and fussin’
When he said what he had to say
Now, now, now

Daddy couldn’t read
Daddy couldn’t write
But one thing daddy sure could do right
He could swear
Oh, Lord
I declare
Yes, he could, y’all
Daddy could swear, I declare
Have mercy

I still remember seein’ him in the backyard
Just a-pickin’ and a-paintin’ away
Woo, woo, woo, woo

Ooh, my brothers and sisters still talk about how
Daddy lost his temper that day
You see, he built a picket fence from the garage to the house
Well, Sam, tell me what I say
The same day the garbage man backed into the fence
And the whole darn thing gave way
You should have been there

Daddy couldn’t read
Daddy couldn’t write
One thing daddy sure could do right
He could swear
Oh, Lord
I declare
Yes, he could, y’all
Daddy could swear, I declare
Yes, he could, y’all

Tell’em about
Tell about your daddy

My daddy was a bad mouth
Watch ya say, watch your mouth
My daddy was a bad mouth
Watch ya say, watch your mouth
My daddy was a bad mouth
Watch ya say, watch your mouth
Oow

Daddy wasn’t no scholar, no
No, he didn’t have PhD
But in my eyes and down in my heart
My daddy means the world to me

He’ll probably go out
(Talkin’ about daddy)
Cursin’, just a-fussin’
And a-bein’ mad
But I hope the good lord will understand
That daddy’s is just bein’ my dad

Daddy couldn’t read
Daddy couldn’t write
But one thing daddy sure could do right
He could swear
Oh, Lord
I declare
Yes he could, y’all
Daddy could swear, I declare

Musically Yours,

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