This song is about a guy who is heartbroken over losing his girl, so he decides to tell her mother all about it. It was originally sung by the actor Tom Courtenay in a 1963 British television play called The Lads
, which Herman's Hermits lead singer Peter Noone
recorded to tape. He and the band learned the song and started playing it in their live sets, especially at weddings where Noone would customize the lyrics ("Mrs. Smith, you've got a lovely daughter..."). Since the song had appeared in a TV play, the group could play it in England without paying royalties.
When they recorded their first album in 1964, they needed one more song to complete it and were running out of studio time. Since they were familiar with this song, they recorded it with the little time they had left, completing the song in one take.