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Country Music Lyrics - Daddy Got High Every Day

Updated on July 20, 2011

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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    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Peg!

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      Peg Cole 

      3 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.

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you grand old lady !

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      3 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.

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Levertis Steele!

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      Levertis Steele 

      6 years ago from Southern Clime

      Just awesome!

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      James A Watkins 

      6 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.

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Yes he was, aslaught!

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      aslaught 

      6 years ago from Alabama

      Awesome!

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Jackie Lynnley,

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

      What song was that?

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 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.

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      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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      epigramman 

      6 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

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Well, hi Coach, and thank you!

      I'm very proud of my family.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      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!

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Debby Bruck,

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

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      Debby Bruck 

      6 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

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, jami l. pereira, and thank you!

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      jami l. pereira 

      6 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!:)

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks Mary!

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      GrammaMEP 

      6 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.

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      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 

      6 years ago

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

      Loved the song. Brought back memories.

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, GNelson!

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      GNelson 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Cool song will!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

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

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Sunshine625, and welcome to Will Starr world!

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Movie Master, and thank you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

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

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      Movie Master 

      7 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.

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Pamela99, and thank you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Pop, and thanks!

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      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

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

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

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

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      attemptedhumour 

      7 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.

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks, Denise!

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      That's wonderful, Will. :)

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

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

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      Fiddleman 

      7 years ago

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

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Happyboomernurse,

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

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      H Denise Handlon,

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

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      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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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 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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      Denise Handlon 

      7 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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      attemptedhumour 

      7 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.

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you Multiman!

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      Multiman 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful lyrics Vote up very inspirational.

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      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.

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      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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      Chris Merritt 

      7 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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      Beth Perry 

      7 years ago from Tennesee

      Will, this is beautiful.

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi b. Malin!

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

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      b. Malin 

      7 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!

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi PegCole17,

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

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      Peg Cole 

      7 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.

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Dex!

      Good to see you, and thank you.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

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

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Becky and thank you.

      He was a beautiful Dad.

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      Becky 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful tribute to your dad.

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      quester.ltd 

      7 years ago

      up and awesome

      q

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      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

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

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      Sandi 

      7 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      more country? Toby Keith perhaps!

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      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      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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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 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.

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Diane, and thank you!

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

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi pedrn44,

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

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Just Ask Susan,

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

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      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?

    • WillStarr profile imageAUTHOR

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

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

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      DIANE 

      7 years ago

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

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      Sandi 

      7 years ago from Greenfield, 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!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I agree with Suburban send it to Bruce.

      Up and awesome!

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      saddlerider1 

      7 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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      Mark Lecuona 

      7 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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