They kept playing this song at the small coffeeshop I go to... it's a great song, but I was listening to the lyrics the other day and realised that it would so totally not fly anymore now..
Artist is called Gary Glitter, uhm, no, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.
Young girl, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run, girl,
You're much too young, girl
With all the charms of a woman
You've kept the secret of your youth
You led me to believe
You're old enough
To give me Love
And now it hurts to know the truth, Oh,
Beneath your perfume and make-up
You're just a baby in disguise
And though you know
That it is wrong to be
Alone with me
That come on look is in your eyes, Oh,
So hurry home to your mama
I'm sure she wonders where you are
Get out of here
Before I have the time
To change my mind
'Cause I'm afraid we'll go too far, Oh,
This one's always kind of confused me ... because the lyrics are a little ambiguous about whether he's singing about the character's wife or daughter. Well, OK, they're not really ambiguous, they're about his wife. But it's just, the way he describes her, it's like the way you'd talk about your little girl growing up, and this whole thing of a guy describing his young wife the way one could also describe one's daughter just kind of unnerves me. And yet, for sure, it's also a very moving song, if you can get through the kitsch of it that is.
Huh, that's funny. Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey" actually directly followed Gary Puckett's "Young Girl" in the jukebox-based Cashbox charts.
And the story of Gary Puckett & the Union Gap is pretty sad, actually.
Sun 16 Nov, 2008 10:40 am
"Those little eyes / so helpless and appealing"
Yes, I see what you mean....
Sun 16 Nov, 2008 10:46 am
Not a song, but a book...
Mo came home the other day with a book called "Dear Garbage Man".
It is the heartwarming story of a garbage man's first day on the job and he just cannot believe all the awesome stuff being thrown away. He can't bear to put it in the truck so he ties it all to the top of the truck.
When he gets to the town square he unloads it all and the grateful citizens cart off whatever they can use.
What a guy! A real pioneer in recyling!
Our story isn't over quite yet....
The next day our hero starts his route only to find all of the things back on the street with notes explaining that the items can't really be used after all.
This time the garbage man does not hesitate to load the items into the truck because, after all, it's all going to be used to fill in swampland so the city can build a new playground!!!!!