Album: Human Menagerie (1974)
Charted: 5

Songfacts®:

  • This was Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel's first hit in the UK, though their previous and debut single "Sebastian" was a hit in continental Europe.
  • Steve Harley: "When the first album came out, the record company said, 'We don't have a single.' And I said very arrogantly, 'I'll write one, I know how to do it.' That's exactly what I said and exactly what I did. Now I think - what an arrogant young man, fearless! Judy Teen was a boy/girl story, a teenage romance, a bit of sex in there, interesting drum rhythm, hooks all over the place - lo and behold big hit! It's a good sexy little teenage love story. When I wrote Judy Teen, I was 18 or 19 when I had the experience that that song came from."

Comments: 2

  • Dennis from Newcastle Upon TyneJudy Teen was written about Liza Minnelli, Judy Garlands daughter.
  • Xyzzy from U.k.Lyrics; [and it's Superbowls not superballs, think about it, clue; New York ]..

    Judy Teen, the queen of the scene, she's rag doll amore
    Verbal slang, American twang, you dare not ignore
    In from New York, prompted her to talk of Superbowls
    Judy Teen grew sick of the scene, just bragging to fools

    She took us on a carousel
    She made us smile and oh, how we laughed
    Together riding on a crest it was swell
    We stole her face and oh, how we laughed
    She made us happy

    Sacral blues in various hues, she capered to draw me
    Me and Yankie, all hanky panky, seldom she bored me
    She's so bold and me feeling old, just stroking her face
    Super troubadour, she can show you more than her lace

    She took us on the carousel
    She made us smile and oh, how we laughed
    Together riding on a crest it was swell
    We stole her face and oh, how we laughed
    She made us happy

    Judy Teen, we know where you've been, your ego's insane
    To the cabaret where you'd schlep and sway on your cane
    Seeking shelter, no helter skelter's gonna betray yer
    Judy Teen, the queen of the scene, is coming to slay yer

    She took us on the carousel
    She made us smile and oh, how we laughed
    Together riding on a crest it was swell
    We stole her face and oh, how we laughed
    She made us happy.
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