Country Music Lyrics - Daddy Got High Every Day

Daddy Got High Every Day



Up before dawn

Kiss mama goodbye

Time to get high,

Way up high in the sky

....

Chorus:

My Daddy was an Ironworkin’ man

Walkin' those beams for his pay

Walkin’ just as high as he can

My Daddy got high every day

...

All day long

‘Way up in the sky

Bolt up that iron, boys,

Bolt her up high

...

Strong, callused hands

Long, grueling days

A hard, gentle man

With kind, loving ways

...

Raised four kids

On an Ironworker’s pay

And the things that he built

Are still there today.

...

Daddy’s gone now

But not down below

He’s high up on the mountain

Where his free ashes blow




Dedicated to my father, John, my grandfather, Ed, my uncle, Dick, and my cousins, Steve, John, Jim, and Frank, all of whom were Ironworkers, and all of whom were, and still are, great men.



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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

Well that is awesome Will... send it to Bruce Springsteen and he'll put some power into it. It's a beautiful populist song and I like the double-meaning of "still there today": the buildings and the four kids (their character)....


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Yes sir, I tip my hat and salute these iron men of their day for with their skills, courage, determination the job got done up high in the sky, many lost their lives but were honored by all.

Yes sir, I tip my hat to these full grown MEN of MEN..great scribe Will, I can hear the iron workers banging their tools against the pillars of steel on high.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I agree with Suburban send it to Bruce.

Up and awesome!


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pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

with my fear of heights I get nervous just looking at that picture! A great tribute to some very brave men. Yes, the Boss could do great things with that song!


DIANE 5 years ago

THEY ARE ALL SPECIAL MEN AND YOUR DAD BEING THE BEST!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi The Suburban Poet, and thank you. Glad you picked up on the double meaning!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi saddlerider1,

I sometimes wonder if the people who look down on 'ordinary Americans' from their skyscaper penthouses realize they wouldn't be up there without men like these?


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Just Ask Susan,

I was thinking more country, but yeah, Bruce could certainly do it justice.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi pedrn44,

Many in my family loved being way up there, but I don't even like being this tall! :-)


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Diane, and thank you!

He was a great and decent man. I'm trying to be more like him.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Very lovely song Will,I would really like to hear you sing it. I suspect you can play the guitar a little. So video it and upload to Youtube then put on HP.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Actually Cardisa, hearing me sing is something no one wants to do...really.

I'll see if my brother-in-law wants to score and record it.


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pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

more country? Toby Keith perhaps!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

There you go! Can you give him a call? :-)


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quester.ltd 5 years ago

up and awesome

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Becky 5 years ago

Beautiful tribute to your dad.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Becky and thank you.

He was a beautiful Dad.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Will you are a man of many talents. A nice working folks' song. Voted up, up and away!!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Dex!

Good to see you, and thank you.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hey there Will, This is a beautifully written tribute to your hardworking Dad and your fine family of ironworkers.

What about asking Willie Nelson to record the song? He could really do it justice. And if he does contact you I've got a couple of songs I'd like to run by him too.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi PegCole17,

I tried to contact Willie, but he thought it was a joke song about him! :-D


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b. Malin 5 years ago

I Loved your Poem WillStar, very, very Heartfelt and Thoughtful to those Men...I second the idea of Peg Cole's. And tell Willie it's not a Joke about him!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi b. Malin!

I wish I could get Willy to look at it! No chance of that, though.


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee

Will, this is beautiful.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

I especially like the verse.....

Raised four kids

On an Ironworker’s pay

And the things that he built

Are still there today.

One question, is the picture for real?....I have seen it before and WOW! If that is real, those guys are bigger studs than I already know they are..

Great hub...


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi bethperry,

My Dad's job took us all across the country, and I saw a big part of the US as a boy. Life was good.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi CMerritt,

Yes, it's real. It was taken by Charles C. Ebbets on September 29, 1932, during the construction of the RCS/Rockefeller Center building. It was on the 69th floor.


Multiman 5 years ago

Beautiful lyrics Vote up very inspirational.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Multiman!


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi Will i'm sure these lyrics would work beautifully and the people who risked their lives on a daily basis deserve a tribute such as this. I've been up on roofs via rickety ladders a time or two myself, but you do get used to it. I set a forty foot aluminum scaffold up once and when i sat up on the top it was swaying slightly in the breeze. I decided to go and buy a rope just in case and when i got back it had blown over and landed in a tree. It also ripped some guttering off that I had to pay to get fixed, so i learnt two good lessons that day. Or three because i always carry a rope now like a good cowboy. That photo is so iconic and the fellows in it are so laconic. Some paid the ultimate price in the name of a days work and we have to remember their sacrifice too. I know you do of course. Oh well must away. cheers buddy.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Wow! Will, I love it...have you put a melody to the words? This is beautiful. Rated up and awesome.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Oh Wow! What a lovely tribute to your father, grandfather, uncle and cousins. You sure do come from a long line of men made of iron with nerves of steel.

Love the pun about getting high.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi attemptedhumour,

Always put out outriggers and tie off when you use high scaffolding. Also, always make sure it's level, plumb, and on solid footing.

I do know something about it myself, although I won't admit how much!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

H Denise Handlon,

My brother-in-law and sister-in-law will add the music...I hope! :-)


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Happyboomernurse,

My mother's father was the first, and the rest followed him.


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Great tribute Will. I know you must be proud of your dad and uncles.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Fiddleman, and yes, I'm proud of all my Ironworker relatives.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

That's wonderful, Will. :)


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks, Denise!


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

If i went into detail about how i set that scaffold up you would have a heart attack. It was a one off though and i'm still here to tell the tale. Cheers mate.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Be careful. Falls are one of the top causes of accidental death.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I love everything about this. The story, the tribute and the lyrics! Up and oh so awesome!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Pop, and thanks!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I think this is a great song. I've always wondered how any man has the nerve to work at such heights as shown in your picture Rated up and awesome.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Pamela99, and thank you.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Sounds as though you had quite a family of ironworkers, they do an amazing job, a great tribute to them.

I love the lyrics, hope your brother in law records them.

Awesome and voting up.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Very nice.... thanks for the reminder of how far we've come.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Movie Master, and thank you!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Sunshine625, and welcome to Will Starr world!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm glad to be part of your world :)


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GNelson 5 years ago from Florida

Cool song will!!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, GNelson!


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GrammaMEP 5 years ago

Don't you have the actual picture of Daddy up high.

Loved the song. Brought back memories.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, GrammaMEP!

I do have some pics of Dad strolling around on the top of an abandoned highway truss bridge he found after he retired and was on a 4-wheel outing. He was probably in his seventies.

Mom held her breath and snapped the pics!


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GrammaMEP 5 years ago

Actually I snapped the pics. They were taken on Seven Hills Road.He was in his seventies. There is also one of him on some rigging on a job when he was a lot younger. You made a copy for me. Mom was afraid to take the picture of him so I did it.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks Mary!


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Chicago Bridge and Iron , C.B.I Beautiful picture , still amazes me to this day . Great Job Mr.Will voted up and awesome!:)


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, jami l. pereira, and thank you!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Hello Will ~ seems I'm new to your 'fan club' and I don't know whether you play guitar or write music. Is there a melody that goes along with the lyrics? Thumbs up! Debby


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Debby Bruck,

No, I just write lyrics. My brother-in-law is the musician. :-)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I love this! Your poem is a magnificent and touching tribute to the men in your family. It is only fitting that you come from such stock!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Well, hi Coach, and thank you!

I'm very proud of my family.


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epigramman 5 years ago

..well I'm checking out all of the superstars tonight - Mr. Starr, Mister Wayne Brown, Mister Saddlerider and Mister AKA PROFESSOR M ....... and here I am paying my respects to you and your world class songwriting abilities - two of my favorites are Townes Van Zandt and Hank Williams Sr.

Hope you are well - I went swimming today in a Canadian great lake where I live - and in October yet.

lake erie time 9:31pm


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Epi,

I rank Hank Williams right up there with the best:

Hear that lonesome whippoorwill,

He sounds too blue to fly.

The midnight train is whining low,

I'm so lonesome I could cry.

...

I've never seen a night so long

When time goes crawling by.

The moon just went behind a cloud

To hide its face and cry.

...

Did you ever see a robin weep,

When leaves began to die?

That means he's lost the will to live,

I'm so lonesome I could cry.

...

The silence of a falling star

Lights up a purple sky.

And as I wonder where you are

I'm so lonesome I could cry.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Wow I am afraid of heights and I had to scroll that picture out of sight to read, whew (honestly). Great tribute... I like the B.J. Thomas version best though, personally. Maybe it's just the blue eyes.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Jackie Lynnley,

"I like the B.J. Thomas version best though, personally."

What song was that?


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aslaught 4 years ago from Alabama

Awesome!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Yes he was, aslaught!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

I enjoyed your fabulous lyrics. When I first saw the title I thought it might be about me! :)

Anywho, it is a fine tribute to your Daddy, John. Thank you for publishing this treasure. I can hear Johnny cash singing it.


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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

Just awesome!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Levertis Steele!


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

What a great tribute to your father and men of his kind. We often forget that there are people who do stuff like this every day, which we couldn't do even once in a lifetime.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you grand old lady !


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Came back to revisit these song lyrics, Will. It's as beautiful as ever and a lasting tribute to these hardworking men who shape our horizons.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Peg!

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