Stacks of 45’s – Georgy Girl/When the Stars Begin to Fall

Swingin’ down the street so fancy-free

When I was young before I had cassettes, the only good way of making a playlist of songs was to stack 45s on the turntable. I would arrange for them to play my favorite songs in my favorite order. These posts are about records I had in my stacks.

In 1966, “Georgy Girl” by the Seekers was all over the radio. It was even on my Dad’s station, WSB in Atlanta as it reached #7 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It would peak at number 1 in Australia, Canada, the US on Cash Box, and New Zealand. In the UK it made it to number 3 and on the US Billboard Hot 100 it peaked at number 2, denied the top spot by The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer”. The Seekers’ album “Come the Day” was renamed “Georgy Girl” for the US release.

It was written by Tom Springfield (an English musician and songwriter from the 1960s folk and pop music scene, brother of Dusty Springfield) and Jim Dale (an English actor, composer, director, narrator, singer, and songwriter – he narrated all seven of the Harry Potter audiobooks). Georgy Girl is a 1966 British comedy-drama romance film based on the 1965 novel by Margaret Forster.

The film was directed by Silvio Narizzano and starred Lynn Redgrave (as Georgy), Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates, and James Mason. The Seekers were formed in 1962 when Judith Durham met Athol Guy who played in a folk trio with Bruce Woodley and Keith Potger. In a coffee bar in South Yarra (a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) called the Treble Clef, they decided for Judith to join them. The “Georgy Girl” single was released on October 10, 1965 on Capitol Records (5756) in the US.

I liked “Georgy Girl” so much I don’t even remember ever playing the B-side “When the Stars Begin to Fall”. In Europe, the B-side was “The Last Thing on My Mind”.



Lyrics
"Georgy Girl" 

Hey there, Georgy girl
Swingin' down the street so fancy-free
Nobody you meet could ever see
The loneliness there
Inside you

Hey there, Georgy girl
Why do all the boys just pass you by?
Could it be you just don't try
Or is it the clothes you wear?

You're always window-shopping
But never stopping to buy
So, shed those dowdy feathers and fly
A little bit

Hey there, Georgy girl
There's another Georgy deep inside
Bring out all the love you hide
And, oh, what a change there'd be
The world would see
A new Georgy girl

Hey there, Georgy girl
Dreamin' of the someone you could be
Life is a reality
You can't always run away

Don't be so scared of changing
And rearranging yourself
It's time for jumping down from the shelf
A little bit

Hey there, Georgy girl
There's another Georgy deep inside
Bring out all the love you hide
And, oh, what a change there'd be
The world would see
A new Georgy girl

(Hey there, Georgy girl)
Wake up, Georgy girl
(Hey there, Georgy girl)
Come on, Georgy girl
(Hey there, Georgy girl)
Wake up, Georgy girl
(Hey there, Georgy girl)
Come on, Georgy girl


Sources

Wikipedia
Discogs


Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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