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First off, this has got to be a lie..."words and music by Rick Springfield" because I'm thinking this is surely one of those songs Rick is ashamed of if it is true.
Talk about a 180 degree flip, Rick goes from talking about a girl's reputation in "Everybody’s Girl" to defending a girl's honor in "Daddy’s Pearl". The lyrics and the music just fit really well but overall the song has just an almost do-wopy feel to it. And it all feels very rushed, like he’s trying to get through the song as fast as possible. And the 'no, no' and 'oh oh OH' lines are a little odd. And almost like Rick couldn't figure out any more lyrics so he just threw in some sounds. The question that always pops into my head though is what the heck is a 'Daddy’s Pearl'? Through the use of the term in the song I'm guessing it's like a Daddy's Girl or just a way to say she's a sweetheart? It is just not a term I'm familiar with otherwise and it seems like he would say she's his pearl in defending her and not Daddy's. So I suppose this song leaves me scratching my head more than anything, right? Oh oh OH! ~Jen H.
As I've said in almost every review, there is not a song on WCD that I skip because I dislike it. But if I were forced to narrow down the collection and decide on a least favorite, it would probably be this one. One song HAS to fall last on the totem pole in terms of favorites, and this would be the one.
With that being said, I do like this song for many reasons. The whole vibe and what he's saying makes it a kind of "feel-good" song for me. (even though I think deep down it's kind of sad. I have a feeling maybe she wasn't all he expected, and he ends up getting hurt.) For me, the sentimental value in the song is sweet, since I WAS "daddy's little girl" at one time, or as Rick calls her, "daddy's pearl." During the period I discovered this song, it was that very time in my life. So it is dear to my heart in many ways. In fact, this is probably my 12-year old daughter's favorite song on WCD along with Jessie's Girl!
I like when Rick writes in a protective nature, which is how Daddy's Pearl sounds to me. He is in denial of what the guys think of her and say: "you can keep your chatter, and I know it's gonna be alright. Bite your tongue! You know I don't wanna hear this." He cares for this girl and he sticks up for her here. To me it's a kind and sweet gesture. Although, the other part of me says that maybe he's the fool, and she is young, beautiful and playing him. As another reviewer mentions, this song really should have come before Everybody's Girl, rather than right after it. It sounds like the "blinded by love" period, or the pre-dumping stage. And then EG could follow it as the song where his eyes open to her and he sees the others were right. There are so many different ways to take this one.
Maybe she was a young, innocent whom he cared for deeply. (which brings to mind his protectiveness in the song "Weep No More.") That is one of the most attractive things about this song for me. Rick has his mind made up and will not believe their gossip. He says that she "wouldn't hurt me for the world." I think it's precious that he stood by what he believed in with this woman (or girl more like), even if she may have hurt him in the end. Rick seems too gullible when it comes to love. But his romantic nature is part of what steals my heart.
All the oh-ohs in parts get to me a little bit, but I think Rick sounds amazing vocally, the music is catchy and the sentiment behind the song is genuine. - Kelley Pearson
It occurred to me today, that Daddy's Pearl should have gone on the track *before* Everybody's girl instead of directly after. I think it's the same girl. He's in denial (and yes I would have written that before sdaa) about her at this point, then when he finds out......Everybody's Girl. Makes total sense to me now.
This song is about a relationship that Rick really wanted to work
out, to the point where he was in denial. She was (in his eyes) the perfect girl for him. She certainly must have had some good qualities
for him to want to stay with her even when the writing was on the wall. Apparently, his friends were all telling him she was cheating
and he just couldn't accept it. It also sounds like he was angry with them for knowing and wanting him to find out-( Everybody seems to get
their kicks waitin, it's some fixation they've got). I think he did a good job singing this
song. It's funny, but when I hear his voice on this song, it's really apparent how
much deeper his voice has become as he has aged. The music has a good beat and I love the background vocals
on this song. - Elizabeth S.