Daddy's World

© 1989 Stephen Savitzky. CC-by-nc-sa.

For Katy

I wrote this one for my older daughter based mostly on some of her favorite computer games.


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Lyrics [pdf]

last 4 lines of refrain inst. as intro.

A Asus2 A
  Hey, girl,  are you  weeping
D Dsus2 A
'Cause it's too  rainy for  playing  outside?
  Let's turn on the  magic carpet
E7 E6 E7
And  go for an after noon  ride...
  I know a couple of  games to  play
D5 D Dsus2 A
And some  places you  haven't  yet    seen;
D C\maj7
  Come visit your  daddy's world
E7 A
on the  other side of the  screen.
D Dsus2 D5 D
  I can't bring  you the  silver  moon
To  hold in the palm of your  hand;
A D Dsus2
But  I can take you to a  world I've  made
A Asus2 E7
Out of  dreams and a few  grains of  sand;
A D5 D
  I can't buy you the  stars to  wear
Like  gems in your bonny brown  hair;
A D Dsus2
  All I have is a  magic mir ror
E7 A
And  castles in the  air.
Say hello to the creatures here:
The walrus, the elephant too;
Go visit the dragon's lair,
He's waiting there for you...
Play cards with a magical deck;
Learn the names of the planets and stars;
Take a ride on a toy balloon,
Or a rocket ship to Mars.

Come look through the window
While I type in a magical rhyme.
I'll show you where the hypercubes dance
On the edges of space and time.
See the curliqued Mandelbrot set
Way down in the complex plane...
We'll forget about the world outside,
The thunder and the rain.

Do you wonder where your daddy goes
When he's out of the house for the day?
I walk through my magic mirror
And travel far away
To my world where with numbers and words
I create things out of thin air;
There's magic in Daddy's world
And I can take you there.

Last refrain repeat last 2 lines;
end with \chord{A^*=EAEAC\sharp A}

The imagery in v. 2 comes mostly from Manhole, a HyperCard game for kids on the Macintosh. I thought about calling this song ``The Programmer's Daughter'' but decided I'd leave that for Kanefsky.