Feet Up
Guy Mitchell Lyrics


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[Chorus:]

Feet up, pat him on the po-po
Let's hear him laugh Ha-ha!
Feet up, pat him on the po-po
Let's hear him laugh
Ain't seen a babe like this before
He's so good-looking, gonna have some more
Feet up, pat him on the po-po
Let's hear him laugh

Ha- ha now I've been known to gamble, take a little drink
Then there's the night I had a fight and landed in the clink
But now my rooting tooting days are done
Gotta be the man that he thinks I am 'cause I love my son

Ha ha I knew a lot of women when I was on the go
They'd stand in line to drink my wine and help me spend my dough
But my wife Rosie ain't that kind
Got her to thank for a buck in the bank 'n' this kid of mine

I'm gonna do some bragging up and down the town
I'm walking into joints anew and passing news around
That me and Rosie got a son
Though he's just been born, gonna buy him a horn, a baseball, and drum

He he's as tiny as a peanut yet I do declare
Some day he'll look at me and say, "Hey, how you doing down there?"




He'll be good-hearted like his Ma
But I bet he'll be a lady-killer just like his Pa

Overall Meaning

The song "Feet Up" by Guy Mitchell narrates a father's pride and joy towards his newborn child. The song's opening line, "Feet up, pat him on the po-po, let's hear him laugh," is a phrase often used to soothe babies. The chorus repeats itself, emphasizing the father's love and celebration of his child. The father expresses how he has lived a wild life filled with gambling, drinking, and women, but being a father has changed him. He wants to be the man his son looks up to and admires. The father plans to brag about his son around town and buy him sports equipment, such as a horn, baseball, and drum, as he imagines his son growing up to be a lady-killer like his pa.


Line by Line Meaning

Feet up, pat him on the po-po
Take a break and enjoy the moment, let's tickle his belly and make him happy


Let's hear him laugh Ha-ha!
Let's enjoy his happiness, his laughter makes us happy too


Ain't seen a babe like this before
I've never seen a baby as beautiful as this one


He's so good-looking, gonna have some more
He's quite attractive, we want to see more of him


Ha- ha now I've been known to gamble, take a little drink
In the past, I used to take risks and drink a lot


Then there's the night I had a fight and landed in the clink
I got into a physical altercation which resulted in me getting arrested


But now my rooting tooting days are done
I've stopped my wild ways and settled down


Gotta be the man that he thinks I am 'cause I love my son
I want to be the best father I can be, and be the person my son looks up to


I knew a lot of women when I was on the go
In my past, I had many relationships with different women


They'd stand in line to drink my wine and help me spend my dough
Women used to wait in line to spend time with me, drink my alcohol, and spend my money


But my wife Rosie ain't that kind
My wife is not like those other women, she's loyal and trustworthy


Got her to thank for a buck in the bank 'n' this kid of mine
Thanks to my wife's loyalty, we have some money saved, and we have a beautiful child together


I'm gonna do some bragging up and down the town
I want to share the good news about my son with everyone in the town


I'm walking into joints anew and passing news around
I'm going to new places and telling people about my son


Though he's just been born, gonna buy him a horn, a baseball, and drum
Even though my son is only a newborn, I want to buy him musical instruments and sports equipment to encourage his interests


He he's as tiny as a peanut yet I do declare
My son is very small, but I still think he's amazing


Some day he'll look at me and say, "Hey, how you doing down there?"
I look forward to the day when my son grows up and talks to me as an equal


He'll be good-hearted like his Ma
I hope my son inherits his mother's kindness and compassion


But I bet he'll be a lady-killer just like his Pa
I predict that my son will be very charming and attractive to women, just like his father was in the past




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, ONErpm
Written by: BOB MERRILL

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@user-fp2wj6oq4j

Love this! I’m in my 80s and I remember hearing it when I was a kid, and often enough to learn a lot of the words! Good memories!

@therodski1

My Grandad used to have this 60 years ago 😊

@alexanders562

My God, this is a real song. I thought it was just something my mom made up.

@mikewalling6825

Don't know this one but I remember his popular song 'singing the blues' in 1956.

@Krzyszczynski

Featured nearly every other week on Sing Something Simple, on the BBC Light Programme in the 50s and 60s. Someone wrote to the Radio Times complaining and asking if they could give it a rest.

@alanhorn202

Excellent sound clarity for a 1952 recording.

@PCWEST-zz7yf

My dad singing this to me mid 1950's as I was being potty trained is one of my first memories. Until last year I never knew it was a real song!

@alexanders562

that's what brought me here too

@georgeknox1822

My mam and dad loved guy Mitchell . Loved hearing these songs at home when I was kid ❤

@pamsmith1050

I remember my mum singing this song years and years ago when I was thinking of her and googled it and now I have found the words

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