My Sunday Song – “Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School” by Cheap Trick

For My Sunday Song #315, we are diving in to the very controversial song “Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School” by Cheap Trick. The song is off the 1977 debut album. The song was not a single for obvious reasons once you learn what it is about, but it was the B-Side to the single “Oh Candy”. It was written by Rick Nielsen back when not everyone got writing credits.

“Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School” is nothing if not controversial giving us a song about a guy who loves to pervert around with teenagers. I believe that is called an ephebophile. With lyrics like “I’m thirty, but I feel like sixteen / I might even know your daddy” is simply plain sick, hysterical and so rock & roll. You can’t help but love it even if it is so, so wrong. It is no worst than Gene Simmons singing about “Christine Sixteen” years earlier.

The song starts with a bunch a school kids making noises. The song chugs along and is just so wrong, but it feels so right. It sounds a little nasty and dirty with the distorted sounding guitar, the dark bass lines and the heavier sounding drum beats. Robin sings it with a gritty feel to his vocals as he knows it is wrong and probably has to take a shower after singing this one. It is one that makes you take notice and shows they weren’t afraid to court a little controversy.

Give the song and let me know what you think. I know the subject matter is terrible, but I think it is a great song. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful and Happy Sunday!!

“Daddy Should Have Stayed In High School”

I’ve been waiting every night after school
For five long years, five long years
I’ll keep waiting for you five nights a week
Cuz I’m no good

Ooo, rockin’ and a rollin’
Reelin’ ’til the juke breaks
Ooo, reelin’ and a rockin’
Rollin’ ’til the juke box breaks down

I’m thirty but I feel like sixteeen
I might even know your daddy
I’m dirty but my body is clean
I might even be you daddy

Ooo, reelin’ and a rockin’
Rollin’ ’till the break of….
Ooo, reelin’ and a rockin’
Rollin’ ’til the juke breaks

I like you and you like me, yes?
Sorry but I had to, gag you
You look better completely undressed
Sorry but I had to, have you

I like you and you like me, yes?
Sorry but I had to gag you
You look better completely undressed
Sorry but I had to have you

Ahhhh I’m thirty but I feel like sixteeen
How would you like some candy?
I’m thinking more than a kiss
Whip me, spank me, grab me

Grab me
Grab me
Grab me

Written by Rick Nielsen

12 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School” by Cheap Trick

        1. With bands like Cheap Trick, you know it’s all tongue in cheek, but with Gene you can never shake the queasy feeling that deep down he is serious about what he sings… LOL, kinda creepy

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