I Want A Girl (Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)

Words: Will Dillon; Music: Harry Von Tilzer (1911)

Lyrics

I want a girl
Just like the girl
That married dear old Dad.
She was a pearl
And the only girl
That Daddy ever had;

A good old fashioned girl
with heart so true,
One who loves
Nobody else but you.
I want a girl
Just like the girl
That married dear old Dad.

Background

According to Derek Scott in The Singing Bourgeois, Harry Von Tilzer coined the phrase “Tin Pan Alley.” Whether or not that is true, he certainly composed the music for this uptempo hit. The lyrics were written by Will Dillon, and it was his – though not Von Tilzer’s – biggest hit. This song is meant as a tribute to mothers, which is likely a big reason for the song’s success.

Performances

Here is a funny performance by Eddie Cantor, George Murphy, Joan Davis, and Constance Moore from the movie Show Business. The chorus starts at 1:15 in to the clip.

Here is a recording by the one-and-only Al Jolson. The chorus starts 45 seconds in.

And here is the Sing-A-long version for listening to and downloading:

I Want A Girl