My Music
My Daddy is the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll
(2017)

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This song was inspired by something I saw on a documentary about music in the 1950s. Charlie Berry (Chuck Berry’s son) related a story from his schooldays in which his friends were discussing what their fathers did for a living. After trying to out-do each other with the importance of their father’s jobs they turned to Charlie, who proudly announced: ‘My Daddy is the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.’

It was such a great story that I felt inspired to turn it into a song with that punchline as the hook. I knew that a tribute such as this should in the style of the great lyricist himself, which means that every syllable of every word would need to correspond to the beats in the rhythm. It was a lot of fun to write. I hope you enjoy my tribute to the great poet of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Here are the lyrics:

I remember after school when I was hanging with my crew,
We were talking ‘bout our Daddies and the jobs our Daddies do.
Pauly said his Papa crunches numbers in the city,
Tommy’s Daddy oversees a government committee.
‘What about your Dad?’ they said, ‘I bet he’s on the dole’
I said: ‘My Daddy, he’s the King of Rock ‘n’ Rol