Daddy’s little girl, princess of my world,
I never knew a beauty like this before.
So clever and cute, an angel with an attitude,
I want her, all mine, all of the time.
I know songs like this can come off weird.
But there’s nothing weird about helping daddy trim is beard!
Dads do that.
‘Cause I love my daughter, but not in a creepy way,
Though I realize father/daughter love comes off that way.
I just love my daughter—but again, not in a creepy way.
The father/daughter dance, surrounded by adorable girls,
But there’s only one that’s got my eye.
Her feet on my shoes, her hands on my hips,
Yeah, it’s a weird visual, now that I think of it.
I know lines like that can skeeve people out,
But when it comes to tickling, whoo-hoo,
She ‘bout to get it now!
I’m very careful where I tickle my daughter,
I can see how that came out a little bit confusingly,
I just love my daughter,
But seriously, not in a creepy way.
One day she’ll fall in love, and I’ll give her away—
Not that I ever had her, what a weird thing to say.
I can see it now, she’ll look just like her mom—
Granted, I did have sex with her mom—
Oh, but this is different
‘Cause I love my daughter, but not in a love-love way,
Do you get what I –uh, what I mean to say is
I’ll just stop talking.
Having a daughter is weird.
In an interview with Variety.com, Music producer Adam Schlesinger and his collaborator Steven M. Gold noted that this song went through a lot of changes due to Standards & Practices objections to the original racier lyrics. Schlesinger mentioned the original joke of the song was that Darryl was saying things that pointed to him possibly being a pedophile. The joke was changed instead to Darryl being unable to express his love for his daughter without him sounding creepy.