Had A Dad

Had A Dad is a Jane’s Addiction song written back in 1985 by Perry Farrell and Eric Avery.

Lyrics

Nothing’s Shocking version:

Ahhh, Booga Booga!

I had a dad
Big and strong
I turned around, me
Found my daddy gone
He was the one
Made me what i am today
It’s up to me now
My daddy has gone away, lets rock!

Well I, spoke to the mountain
I listened to the sea
They both told me that the fountain
Was the best that you could be
My daddy’s hand it growed
Slow to the lickin’
Sonny boy
Grow to whip him!

If you see my dad
Tell him my brothers
All gone mad
They’re beating on each other
I walked around
Even tried to call
Had that funny feeling
He’s not there at all…
All…

If you see my dad
Tell him my brothers
All gone mad
They’re beating on each other
I walked around
Even tried to call
Got that funny feeling,
God is, dead
He’s not dead at all…
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah
I had a dad
Big and strong
I turned around, me man
I found my daddy gone
He was the one
Made me what i am today
It’s up to me now
My daddy has gone away
Gone away
Gone away
He’s gone away

Yes said I had, I had a dad, I said I had, I had a dad,
I had, I had
I said I had, yeah yeah yeah yeah!

Demo version:

I had a dad
Big and strong
I turned around
Found my daddy gone
He was the one that
Made me what i am today
It’s up to me now
My daddy has gone away

Well I, spoke to the mountain
I listened to the sea
They both said that the fountain
Was the best that you could be
My daddy’s hand it growed
Slow to the lickin’
Sonny boy
Grow to whip him!
Uh!
What?

If you see my dad
Tell him my brothers
All gone mad
They’re beating on each other
I walked around
And even tried to call
Had that funny feeling
He’s ain’t there at all…
Yeah

If you see my dad
Tell him my brothers
All gone mad
They’re beating on each other
I walked around
And even tried to call
I have that funny feeling,
He ain’t there…
At all, yeah

I had a dad
Big and strong
I turned around, me man
I found my daddy gone
He was the one
Who made me what i am today
It’s up to me now
My daddy has gone away
Gone away
Gone away
Gone away
Gone away

I said I had, had a dad
I said I had, had a dad
I said I had, yeah yeah yeah yeah!

Song Intro

Perry says “Ahhh, Booga Booga!” at the beginning of Had a Dad. This has been confirmed by an old Jane’s Addiction tour ad found in the artwork of both Kettle Whistle and the Preparty Promo. This line is sampled in the song Ringfinger by Nine Inch Nails, it can be heard slightly sped up near the end of the song.

Lyric Info

The lines at the start of the second verse ‘Well I, spoke to the mountain, I listened to the sea, they both told me that the fountain, was the best that you could be’ were originally lyrics intended for Mountain Song. While there are no known recordings of Mountain Song with these lyrics, they can be found on the end of the liner notes for the Kettle Whistle album.

Music Video

There is a music video for Had A Dad that was made for French television. It mixes live footage of the band with shots of them performing the song outside on a cliff. The audio used in the video is actually the demo recording of this song and not the version that appears on Nothing’s Shocking.

Known Performances by Jane's Addiction: (174)

  • 1986/01/10 - Los Angeles, CA, Black Radio Club
  • 1986/01/?? - Venice, CA, Radio Tokyo
  • 1986/02/?? - Los Angeles, CA, Wilton House, The
  • 1986/03/?? - Venice, CA, Radio Tokyo
  • 1986/04/26 - Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, Räji's
  • 1986/08/28 - West Hollywood, CA, Roxy Theatre, The
  • 1986/08/?? - Los Angeles, CA, Co Co Club, The
  • 1986/09/21 - Los Angeles, CA, L.A. Street Scene
  • 1987/01/26 - West Hollywood, CA, Roxy Theatre, The
  • 1987/02/14 - Los Angeles, CA, Scream @ the Embassy Hotel
  • 1987/03/05 - Los Angeles, CA, Variety Arts Theatre @ The Variety Arts Center, The
  • 1987/03/29 - Fullerton, CA, Goodies
  • 1987/05/02 - Northridge, CA, Main Exhibit Hall, North Campus, Cal State Northridge
  • 1987/07/08 - Sacramento, CA, Cattle Club
  • 1987/07/10 - Los Angeles, CA, Variety Arts Theatre @ The Variety Arts Center, The
  • 1987/09/03 - La Verne, CA, Topper's Cafe
  • 1987/09/05 - Los Angeles, CA, Scream @ the Park Plaza Hotel
  • 1987/10/24 - Los Angeles, CA, Scream @ the Park Plaza Hotel
  • 1987/11/09 - Indiana, PA, Fisher Auditorium, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • 1987/11/11 - Fairfax, VA, Student Union, George Mason University
  • 1987/12/05 - Irvine, CA, Bren Events Center, University of California Irvine
  • 1988/02/25 - Los Angeles, CA, Eldorado Studios
  • 1988/09/15 - Providence, RI, Living Room
  • 1988/09/22 - Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
  • 1988/10/11 - Houston, TX, Xcess Club
  • 1988/10/15 - Nashville, TN, Cannery, The
  • 1988/11/23 - Chicago, IL, Cabaret Metro
  • 1988/11/25 - Chicago, IL, Cabaret Metro
  • 1988/12/06 - Cleveland, OH, Peabody's Down Under
  • 1988/12/14 - New York City, NY, Cat Club
  • 1988/12/31 - Los Angeles, CA, Embassy Hotel Theatre, The
  • 1989/01/04 - Tucson, AZ, Tucson Gardens
  • 1989/01/07 - Phoenix, AZ, Underground, The
  • 1989/01/13 - Austin, TX, Backroom, The
  • 1989/01/14 - Houston, TX, Numbers, The
  • 1989/01/16 - New Orleans, LA, Tipitina's
  • 1989/01/23 - Leeds, England, Warehouse
  • 1989/01/25 - Manchester, England, International
  • 1989/02/03 - Miami, FL, Woody's
  • 1989/02/11 - Athens, GA, Uptown Lounge
  • 1989/02/12 - Nashville, TN, Cannery, The
  • 1989/02/16 - Raleigh, NC, Rialto Theatre
  • 1989/02/17 - Norfolk, VA, Boathouse, The
  • 1989/02/20 - Philadelphia, PA, Theater of the Living Arts
  • 1989/02/25 - Brooklyn, New York City, NY, L'Amour
  • 1989/03/05 - Toronto, ON, Concert Hall
  • 1989/03/08 - Lakewood, OH, Phantasy Theatre
  • 1989/03/10 - Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
  • 1989/03/11 - Milwaukee, WI, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Ballroom
  • 1989/04/11 - San Francisco, CA, Stone, The
  • 1989/04/14 - Portland, OR, Starry Night
  • 1989/04/20 - Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, John Anson Ford Theatre
  • 1989/04/21 - Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, John Anson Ford Theatre
  • 1989/04/22 - Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, John Anson Ford Theatre
  • 1989/04/26 - Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, John Anson Ford Theatre
  • 1989/04/28 - Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, John Anson Ford Theatre
  • 1989/05/01 - San Diego, CA, Montezuma Hall, San Diego State University
  • 1989/05/06 - Santa Barbara, CA, Harder Stadium, University of California Santa Barbara
  • 1989/05/08 - San Francisco, CA, Fillmore Auditorium
  • 1989/07/11 - Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, Palace, The
  • 1990/07/07 - Mt. Baldy, CA, Forest Preserve
  • 1990/09/26 - Birmingham, England, Birmingham Institute
  • 1990/10/05 - London, England, Astoria Theatre
  • 1990/10/15 - Bochum, Germany, Die Zeche
  • 1990/10/17 - Hamburg, Germany, Markthalle
  • 1990/10/31 - Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, Henry Fonda Theatre
  • 1990/11/03 - La Jolla, CA, Price Center Ballroom, University of California San Diego
  • 1990/11/04 - Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
  • 1990/11/08 - Houston, TX, Unicorn, The
  • 1990/11/15 - Norfolk, VA, Boathouse, The
  • 1990/11/20 - New York City, NY, Ritz, The
  • 1990/11/27 - Cleveland, OH, Agora Theatre
  • 1990/12/10 - Vancouver, BC, PNE Forum
  • 1990/12/14 - San José, CA, San José State University Event Center
  • 1990/12/19 - Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Palladium
  • 1991/01/31 - Universal City, CA, Universal Amphitheatre
  • 1991/02/15 - New Orleans, LA, Municipal Auditorium
  • 1991/03/08 - Glasgow, Scotland, Barrowland Ballroom, The
  • 1991/03/15 - London, England, Brixton Academy
  • 1991/04/24 - New York City, NY, Madison Square Garden
  • 1991/05/07 - Pittsburgh, PA, AJ Palumbo Center
  • 1991/05/18 - Davenport, IA, Palmer Arena
  • 1991/05/20 - Omaha, NE, Ak-Sar-Ben Field
  • 1991/07/18 - Tempe, AZ, Compton Terrace Amphitheatre
  • 1991/07/21 - Irvine, CA, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
  • 1991/07/24 - Irvine, CA, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
  • 1991/07/26 - Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • 1991/08/01 - St. Paul, MN, Harriet Island
  • 1991/08/03 - Tinley Park, IL, World Music Theater
  • 1991/08/04 - Clarkston, MI, Pine Knob Music Theatre
  • 1991/08/10 - Mansfield, MA, Great Woods
  • 2002/08/25 - Glasgow, Scotland, Glasgow Green
  • 2002/08/31 - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Costa Azul Beach
  • 2002/12/28 - Denver, CO, Fillmore Auditorium
  • 2002/12/31 - Los Angeles, CA, Wiltern Theatre, The
  • 2003/01/26 - Sydney, Australia, Enmore Theater
  • 2003/01/30 - Melbourne, Australia, Metro
  • 2003/01/31 - Adelaide, Australia, Royal Adelaide Showgrounds
  • 2003/02/08 - San Diego, CA, Spreckels Theater
  • 2003/10/21 - Oslo, Norway, Oslo City Mall
  • 2003/11/10 - London, England, Covent Garden
  • 2008/10/23 - Los Angeles, CA, La Cita Bar
  • 2008/11/20 - Los Angeles, CA, El Cid
  • 2009/02/16 - Los Angeles, CA, Echoplex, The
  • 2009/03/19 - Austin, TX, Safeway Storefront
  • 2009/05/10 - Atlanta, GA, Lakewood Amphitheatre
  • 2009/05/18 - Las Vegas, NV, Pearl, The
  • 2009/05/20 - Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
  • 2009/05/22 - Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • 2009/05/24 - George, WA, Gorge Amphitheatre
  • 2009/05/26 - Greenwood Village, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
  • 2009/05/27 - Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
  • 2009/05/29 - Columbus, OH, Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
  • 2009/05/30 - Noblesville, IN, Verizon Wireless Music Center
  • 2009/06/02 - Toronto, ON, Molson Amphitheatre
  • 2009/06/05 - Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
  • 2009/06/07 - Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • 2009/06/12 - Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
  • 2009/07/16 - London, England, Centro
  • 2010/02/21 - Sydney, Australia, Eastern Creek Raceway
  • 2010/02/23 - Sydney, Australia, Enmore Theatre
  • 2010/02/24 - Melbourne, Australia, Palace Theatre
  • 2010/05/05 - Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, Bardot
  • 2010/06/11 - Madrid, Spain, Rock In Rio
  • 2010/07/02 - West Hollywood, CA, Roxy Theatre, The
  • 2010/12/30 - Aspen, CO, Belly Up Aspen
  • 2010/12/31 - Aspen, CO, Belly Up Aspen
  • 2011/03/31 - Buenos Aires, Argentina, Puerto Madero
  • 2011/04/03 - Santiago, Chile, Parque O'Higgins
  • 2011/04/05 - Lima, Peru, Explanada del Monumental
  • 2011/07/09 - Oeiras, Portugal, Passeio Martítimo de Algés
  • 2011/07/16 - Ottawa, ON, LeBreton Flats Park
  • 2011/07/30 - Woodford, Australia, North Byron Parklands
  • 2011/10/28 - Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, 987FM Penthouse, Hollywood Tower
  • 2012/02/24 - Detroit, MI, Fillmore Detroit, The
  • 2012/08/12 - New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre
  • 2012/08/23 - Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre - Murat Theatre
  • 2013/05/11 - Napa Valley, CA, Napa Expo, The
  • 2013/08/22 - Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
  • 2013/09/04 - Missoula, MT, Wilma Theatre
  • 2013/09/20 - Atlanta, GA, Piedmont Park
  • 2013/09/21 - Ft. Meyers, FL, JetBlue Park
  • 2013/10/13 - Buenos Aires, Argentina, Club Geba Sede San Martín
  • 2013/10/15 - Santiago, Chile, Caupolican Theatre
  • 2013/10/17 - Bogota, Columbia, Teatro Royal Canter
  • 2014/05/08 - Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
  • 2014/05/09 - Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
  • 2014/05/10 - Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
  • 2014/08/20 - London, England, 02 Academy Brixton
  • 2014/08/21 - Manchester, England, 02 Apollo Manchester
  • 2014/08/24 - Oslo, Norway, Sentrum Scene
  • 2014/09/12 - Chicago, IL, Humboldt Park
  • 2014/09/20 - West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, Sunset Street Music Festival
  • 2014/09/27 - Baltimore, MD, Carroll Park
  • 2014/10/12 - New York City, New York, Times Square
  • 2014/11/19 - Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
  • 2014/11/22 - Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
  • 2015/05/13 - Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Bowl
  • 2015/05/15 - Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
  • 2015/05/18 - Huntington, NY, The Paramount
  • 2015/05/19 - Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
  • 2015/05/21 - Cleveland, OH, House of Blues Cleveland
  • 2015/05/22 - Indianapolis, IN, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • 2015/07/04 - Milwaukee, WI, Marcus Amphitheater
  • 2015/07/07 - Columbus, OH, LC Pavilion
  • 2015/07/10 - Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
  • 2015/07/11 - Kitchner, ON, McLennan Park
  • 2015/07/19 - Colwood, BC, West Shore Parks and Recreation
  • 2015/07/21 - Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
  • 2015/07/22 - Seattle, WA, Showbox Sodo
  • 2015/07/24 - Fairbanks, AK, Blue Loon
  • 2015/07/25 - Anchorage, AK, Moose's Tooth Pub
  • 2015/10/29 - Phoenix, AZ, Veteran's Memorial Coliseum
  • 2016/05/16 - Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory, The