Cover image for Daddy-O Daddy! rare family songs of Woody Guthrie.
Daddy-O Daddy! rare family songs of Woody Guthrie.
Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Rounder Records Corp., [2001]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

Lyrics on insert.
Howdy little newlycome / Woody Guthrie -- Want to see me grow / Joe Ely & Jimmie Dale Gilmore -- Don't you push me down / Taj Mahal -- New baby train / Kim Wilson -- Little seed / Cissy Houston -- Dry bed / Billy Bragg & The Blokes -- Little sack o sugar -- My Daddy (flys a ship in the sky) / Syd Straw -- I'll write and I'll draw / Ramblin' Jack Elliott -- Bigger / Kim wilson -- 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 / Billy Bragg & The Blokes -- Tippy tap toe / Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Joe Ely -- Curly headed baby / Ramblin' Jack Elliott -- Sleep eye / Cissy Houston -- Howdy little newleycome / Woody Guthrie.
Format :
Music CD


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
CR 159 Juvenile Compact Disc Open Shelf
CR 159 Juvenile Compact Disc Audio Visual
CR 159 Juvenile Compact Disc Audio Visual

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As passionate as dust bowl troubadour Woody Guthrie was about politics and inequality, he was even more passionate about children, particularly his own. It has been long known that Guthrie left behind a wealth of unrecorded and half completed songs while he was living in New York near the end of his life, the most famous of these appearing as Billy Bragg and Wilco's collaborations on the Mermaid Avenue albums. It stands to reason that many of his incomplete song outlines would revolve around children, and many of these appear on Daddy-O Daddy!: Rare Family Songs of Woody Guthrie. "New Baby Train" provides a typically Woody view on the old legend of the stork delivering newborns, performed with a gruff sentimentality and bluesy harmonica by Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson. Bragg himself appears on the album on the humorous "Dry Bed," recounting a certain growth step in early childhood, and also on "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8," chanting through a fun blast of nonsense sentences recalling his live interpretations of the Guthrie-penned "Hoodoo Voodoo." Nonsense lyrics seemed to have been swirling around the songwriter's pen since his satirical "Howdjadoo" in the early '30s, and these songs are no exception. Adults may cringe a little through the "zoop, zoop, zoopity-zoop"s and the "zippety hop"s, but kids are sure to love it, and grown-up artists like Taj Mahal, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Cissy Houston keep the sound and feel of the songs a million miles from Barney's prehistoric tunes. ~ Zac Johnson