Gone Daddy Gone

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This article is about Violent Femmes song. For the Gnarls Barkley single which includes a cover version of the song, see Who Cares? (Gnarls Barkley song).
"Gone Daddy Gone"
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Single by Violent Femmes
from the album Violent Femmes
B-side "Good Feeling"
Released 1983
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1982
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:03
Label Slash Records
Writer(s) Gordon Gano, Willie Dixon
Producer(s) Mark Van Hecke
Violent Femmes singles chronology
"Blister in the Sun"
"Gone Daddy Gone"

"Gone Daddy Gone" is a song written by Gordon Gano and originally recorded by his group Violent Femmes for their 1983 eponymous debut album.[1]

The lyrics borrow a complete verse from Willie Dixon's 1954 song "I Just Want to Make Love to You" (originally recorded by Muddy Waters). For this reason, the song is occasionally referred to as "Gone Daddy Gone/I Just Want to Make Love to You", as on Permanent Record: The Very Best of Violent Femmes. It features two xylophone solos.

A cover version of the song was the third single released in the United States by Gnarls Barkley, and is taken from their debut album St. Elsewhere (2006). An animated music video was also made. The cover was also used in a 2008 commercial for the movie Igor, in the TV series Entourage and Chuck, in the 2006 game Tony Hawk's Project 8, and in the 2007 game Forza Motorsport 2.


  1. ^ Infusino, Divina (April 15, 1983). "Violent Femmes' album may be one of year's best". Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 


  • Gordon Gano - guitar, violin, lead vocal
  • Brian Ritchie - xylophone, electric bass
  • Victor DeLorenzo - snare drum and tranceaphone, Scotch marching bass drum, vocals

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