|Single by Emmylou Harris|
|from the album Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town|
|Label||Warner Bros. #8498|
|Emmylou Harris singles chronology|
To Daddy is said to describe the pain Parton's mother experienced as she ignored her husband's occasional affairs and his lack of affection. It relates to how her mother, in having the family's best interest at heart and to be the best possible mother she could to her children, that she stood by her husband through difficult times. (Unlike Parton's parents, however, who remained together, the mother in the song ultimately leaves the family.)
In the song, related from the vantage point of a teenage girl, her mother seems to not care that her husband is neglectful and cold, concluding each verse with, "if she did, she never did say so to Daddy". In the final verse, however, the family members wake one morning to find a note in which their mother confesses that she stayed for as long as she had because her children needed her, but now that they are getting older and don't need her as much, she's left to search for the love and affection that she never received from her husband.
Harris's rendition of the song appears on her album Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town. Released as a single in 1977, it peaked at number 3 on the Billboard country singles charts. It was also a Number One single on the RPM Country Tracks charts in Canada.
Parton's own rendition of the song, recorded in 1976, was intended to appear on her All I Can Do album, but was ultimately not included on the album; the recording later appeared on her 1995 compilation "The Essential Dolly Parton One".
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||3|
|U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100||2|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 181. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
- Melton Alonza McLaurin and Richard A. Peterson (1992). You wrote my life: lyrical themes in country music. Taylor & Francis. p. 103. ISBN 2-88124-554-4.
- Volume 10. Teenager. p. 111.
- "Single reviews". Billboard. November 26, 1977. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "RPM Country Tracks for March 11, 1978". RPM. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
"You're the One" by The Oak Ridge Boys
|RPM Country Tracks
March 11, 1978
"Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson