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Posted By: Joe Offer
22-Jun-20 - 08:11 PM
Thread Name: Songs of Phyl Lobl
Subject: ADD: Dark-Eyed Daughter (Phyl Lobl)

Subject: ADD: Dark-Eyed Daughter (Phyl Lobl)
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 09 Feb 15 - 11:48 PM

Australian singer-songwriter Phyl Lobl wrote a song, Dark-Eyed Daughter, referring to the Darling Daughter song discussed here, but her song was about racial segregation in Australia in 1965. Available at http://www.phyllobl.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=153:dark-eyed-daughter&catid=58:dark-eyed-daughter&Itemid=129

The lyrics:

DARK-EYED DAUGHTER
(Phyl Lobl)

Mother may I go out to swim?
Yes my dark-eyed daughter,
Mother I would go out to swim
but at the pool I can't get in,
Because of the colour of my skin
because I'm your dark-eyed daughter.

Mother may I go to the show?
Yes my dark-eyed daughter.
Mother tell me do you know
which side of the theatre I should go?
Go where the colour of your skin won't show
my darling dark-eyed daughter.

Mother will I go to school?
Yes my dark-eyed daughter.
Mother when I go to school
will the children treat me cruel?
Children follow their parents' rule
my darling dark-eyed daughter.

Mother when will all this end?
I don't know my daughter.
Maybe it will end the day
when heaven and earth will pass away
And we will hear a great voice say
you're welcome here my daughter.

Words & Music: Phyl Lobl
Also recorded by occasional Mudcat visitor Margret Roadknight.


Subject: RE: Origins: Yes My Darling Daughter
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Feb 15 - 04:03 PM


Great song, Gerry. There's a recording on the Phyl Lobl Website, and there's one more verse on the recording. Hope my transcription is right.

DARK-EYED DAUGHTER
(Phyl Lobl)

Mother may I go out to swim?
Yes my dark-eyed daughter,
Mother I would go out to swim
But at the pool I can't get in,
Because of the colour of my skin
Because I'm your dark-eyed daughter.

Mother may I go to the show?
Yes my dark-eyed daughter.
Mother tell me do you know
Which side of the theatre I should go?
Go where the colour of your skin won't show
My darling dark-eyed daughter.

Mother will I go to school?
Yes my dark-eyed daughter.
Mother when I go to school
Will the children treat me cruel?
Children follow their parents' rule
My darling dark-eyed daughter.

Mother will I go to work?
Yes my dark-eyed daughter.
You will go to work one day,
But only get half of your pay,
The other half will go the way
Of somebody's dark-eyed daughter.


Mother when will all this end?
I don't know, my daughter.
Maybe it will end the day
When heaven and earth will pass away
And we will hear a great voice say
You're welcome here my daughter.


Subject: RE: Origins: Yes My Darling Daughter
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Feb 15 - 01:22 AM

perfect Joe!

The recording comes from 1968 EP - Dark-eyed Daughter & I was wondering if the extra verse was not sung in later years.

It's an excellent verse, so I can't see it being dropped, but John Warner also wrote excellent verses which he dropped when he decided they were not necessary to the final song.

I've just emailed Phyl asking her about this verse.

sandra


Subject: RE: Origins: Yes My Darling Daughter
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Feb 15 - 09:36 AM

Phyl hadn't realised her webmaster had left off a verse & was annoyed that she had not noticed it. It will be added asap.

Joe - can you mark your version as complete - or maybe add the extra verse to Gerry's post?

sandra