I'm Your Daddy

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"I'm Your Daddy"
I'm Your Daddy cover
Single by Weezer
Album Raditude
Released November 3, 2009
Length 3:08
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo & Dr. Luke
Producer Dr. Luke
Status Officially released
Live debut July 24, 2009
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
Play on Apple Music.png Apple Music
Weezer singles chronology
"(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To"
(2009)
"I'm Your Daddy"
(2010)
"Represent"
(2010)
Raditude track listing
"(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To"
(01)
"I'm Your Daddy"
(02)
"The Girl Got Hot"
(03)
Alternate Cover
Digital single cover
Digital single cover

"I'm Your Daddy" is the second track and second single from Raditude.

Appearances

Overview

In a Rolling Stone article, Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo explains that he got the idea for the song when his daughter, Mia Cuomo, was in the hospital. According to Cuomo, his daughter was hospitalized because her white blood cell count was dropping and doctors were not sure if she would get better. Cuomo sat by her for five days and whispered to her that "You're my baby tonight, and I'm your daddy". From that line, Cuomo then had an idea to turn it into a song after his daughter showed a full recovery.

"I'm Your Daddy" was released as a single on January 20, 2010 and debuted at number 30 on Modern Rock Charts. This song was premiered live by Weezer at Jisan Valley Rock Festival in South Korea on July 24, 2009. When Weezer performed "I'm Your Daddy" on Jimmy Kimmel live, lead singer Rivers Cuomo sang the first line as "I thought tonight was a night like every other night," rather than the original lyric, "I thought tonight would suck like every other night."

Band Commentary

Rivers: I was in the hospital with my 2-year-old daughter. She was really sick. And I've been there for 5 days and she wasn't getting better. I was so worried. So I snuck off for a minute and started to write a song and the first line I wrote was "You are my baby tonight and I'm your daddy". I just wanted to say something to cheer her up or make or laugh, make her feel better. So that's where that song came from. [1]

Reception

"I'm Your Daddy" was met with derision by many Weezer fans. The song saw modest-to-low commercial success. Pitchfork Media called the song "peppy" and "a bit on the creepy side." Allmusic was more positive, calling the song "sublimely power poppy."

Alternate versions

An alternate mix by Serban Ghenea was released as a part of the Raditude Club iTunes Pass, alongside a joke remix by Weezer member Pat Wilson. An AOL Session featuring famed saxophone player Kenny G was released online, as well as on the ...Happy Record Store Day EP. Another alternate mix was released on a 6-track Raditude promo CD. An early mix by Jacknife Lee was leaked online in 2017.

Video/Audio

The music video for "I'm Your Daddy" was released on March 29, 2010. It features footage from the Troublemaker Tour, Bleezer Tour, and Raditude Tour as well as various behind the scenes footage from 2005-present and clips from the 2009 AOL Sessions. It was directed and assembled by several people, among them Karl Koch, with the majority of the editing done by Johannes Gamble, who had previously worked with Weezer in regard to video editing.

Alternate mixes

Personnel

Lyrics

I thought tonight would suck like every other night
I party with my friends
But when I saw you grooving on the dance floor
Normal came to an end

You started talking and then it was so clear to me
There's no one else like you
You've got the brains, the body, and the beauty
To top it off you're cool

This ain't impossible
This ain't improbable
You are my baby tonight
And I'm your daddy

This ain't believable
This ain't predictable
You are my baby tonight
And I'm your daddy

I hope that I ain't freaking you out
You probably hear it all the time
I swear I ain't like those other boys
I'm a special kind

I would like to give a demonstration
Of what it is I do
I'll take you out to dinner at Palmero's
Split a cheese fondue

This ain't impossible
This ain't improbable
You are my baby tonight
And I'm your daddy

This ain't believable
This ain't predictable
You are my baby tonight
And I'm your daddy

I will ape the goombah, if you tire
Try my best to moonwalk, on a wire
I just want to ooh ahh, feel your fire
Feel your fire, feel your fire

This ain't impossible
This ain't improbable
You are my baby tonight
And I'm your daddy

This ain't believable
This ain't predictable
You are my baby tonight
And I'm your daddy

See also