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Daddy Rolling Stone (Otis Blackwell) MCA Music Publishing, A Division of MCA, Inc., ASCAP

From the My Generation liner notes by Brian Cady:

Recorded April 12-14, 1965 at IBC Studios, London.

"This was one of our favorite stage songs. We played this on and off right up to the end. It grew into something far more powerful than this version."
--Pete Townshend (1965)

A cover of the song originally released by Otis Blackwell in 1953. Blackwell left recording in 1955 to become a songwriter and wrote a few tunes you may have heard of like "Don't Be Cruel," "All Shook Up," "Return To Sender" and "Great Balls Of Fire." However, the version from which The Who got their arrangement was the 1963 cover version by Derek Martin.

The Who's version appeared on the B-side of the European release of "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" and was not released in the U.S. (in a stereo mix probably prepared in 1965) until the Two's Missing LP in 1987. This stereo mix is currently available on The Who's box set 30 Years Of Maximum R&B.

Often performed live in The Who's first few years and a live version recorded for the U.S. show Shindig is available on bootleg videotapes. The stereo version on My Generation: Deluxe Edition features different backing vocals from the original version and is missing Roger's tambourine. The mono mix is on the 2008 My Generation Box released in Japan.

Girl you think you've had loving,
Girl you think you've had fun,
Girl you ain't a seen nothin' 'til I come along.

I'm a daddy, I'm a daddy, I'm a daddy,
Yeah I'm a daddy daddy I'm daddy rolling stone.

I got a friend named Cody,
He's got a girl named Chris,
I'm gonna steal that girl though he's twice my size,
'Cause I know how to do it like this.

I'm a daddy, I'm a daddy, I'm a daddy,
Yeah I'm a daddy daddy I'm daddy rolling stone,
I'm daddy rolling stone, I'm daddy rolling stone,
Daddy rolling stone, call me daddy rolling stone.

I said I got a friend named Cody,
He's got a girl named Chris,
I'm gonna steal that girl though he's twice my size,
'Cause I know how to do it like this.

I'm a daddy, I'm a daddy, I'm a daddy, daddy,
I'm daddy rolling stone, I'm daddy rolling stone,
Just call me daddy rolling stone dear,
Long hair long nose, daddy rolling stone.

This song appears on:

Source Length notes
Two's Missing 2:50
Thirty Years Of Maximum R & B 2:49 stereo version
My Generation - Deluxe Edition 2:55
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