Song of the Day #3,726: ‘Daddy I’m Fine’ – Sinead O’Connor

When today’s song popped up as my next random selection, I was shocked to discover I hadn’t written about it already. It’s one of my favorite tracks on a really great album by an artist I’ve featured fairly often.

‘Daddy I’m Fine’ appears on Sinead O’Connor’s 2000 album Faith and Courage, her fifth and quite possibly her best. It’s a quick and clever piece of autobiography with half-spoken choruses building to a thrashing chorus.

This song is a nice companion to an interview I just heard with Ethan Hawke on my favorite podcast, Flimspotting. Hawke was asked about raising a daughter who is starting to discover boys and he said he hates the societal construct that says fathers should be afraid of their daughters’ burgeoning sexuality.

He said he rejects the idea of a father waiting at the door with a shotgun when suitors come calling. Instead, he said, “I want to raise my daughter to be her own shotgun.”

As a father of girls aged 12 and 16, I love that idea. I aspire to fight my baser instincts and live up to it, and I like to think my wife and I are raising two very powerful shotguns.

I was born in Dublin town
Where there was not too much going down
For girls whose only hope
Was not to find a man who could piss in a pot
So early I heard my first guitar
And I knew I wanted to be a big star
And I told my poor worried father
Said I ain’t gonna go to school no more

‘Cause see I wanna look cool and I wanna look good
With my hair slicked back and my black leather boots
Wanna stand up tall with my boobs upright
And feel real hot when the makeup’s nice
And get sexy underneath the lights
Like I wanna fuck every man in sight
Baby come home with me tonight
Make you feel good make you feel all right

I’m going away to London
I got myself a big fat plan
I’m gonna be a singer in a rock ‘n’ roll band
And I’m gonna change everything I can

Sorry to be disappointing
Wasn’t born for no marrying
Wanna make my own living singing
Strong independent Pagan woman singing

And I feel real cool and I feel real good
Got my hair shaved off and my black thigh boots
I stand up tall with my pride upright
And I feel real hot when the makeup’s nice
I get sexy underneath them lights
Like I wanna fuck every man in sight
Baby come home with me tonight
Make you feel good make you feel all right

I’m glad I came here to London
I’ve had myself some big fat fun
And I have even made some mon’
I got the most angelic son
My baby daughter is golden
And I do what I like for fun
And I’m happy in my prime
Daddy I’m fine Daddy I’m fine
Daddy I’m fine Daddy I’m fine
Daddy I’m fine Daddy I love you

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,726: ‘Daddy I’m Fine’ – Sinead O’Connor

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I hadn’t heard this song before and am really not familiar with the album.

    It is an interesting challenge to raise daughters (and really sons as well) who can be strong enough to be their own shotgun. I suspect you have done well in that regard.

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