Younger Girl

Album: Do You Believe In Magic (1965)

Songfacts®:

  • "Younger Girl" is about a guy's a crush on a girl who is too young for him. In the song, he wonders if he should just be "acting like a brother" for a while, biding his time until she's old enough to date.

    The problem is that the waiting would be even worse than not waiting. "If I wait I'll just die, yeah." So instead he's left her behind, but can't get her out of his mind.

    The song's most poetic line is, "She's one of those girls who seems to come in the spring," with spring being a symbol of renewal and youth.
  • The song was written by lead singer John Sebastian and included on The Lovin' Spoonful's debut album Do You Believe in Magic. The song is clearly inspired, consciously or otherwise, by the 1930 Gus Cannon's Jug Stopper's song "Prison Wall Blues." The songs sound almost identical, but with different words.

    It's not the first time the Jug Stompers' music pops up in the '60s. Their song "Big Railroad Blues" was covered by the Grateful Dead and appears on The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead, which collects songs from acts that were particularly influential on the Dead.
  • The Lovin' Spoonful version wasn't released as a single, making it ripe pickings for covers. The Critters, who had a hit with "Mr. Dieingly Sad," had the biggest hit with the song, taking it to #42. The Hondells of "Little Honda" fame reached #52 with their rendition. Both covers peaked in July 1966; The Critters version also made #38 in UK, #18 in Australia and #9 Canada.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Does Jimmy Page Worship The Devil? A Look at Satanism in Rock

Does Jimmy Page Worship The Devil? A Look at Satanism in RockSong Writing

We ring the Hell's Bells to see what songs and rockers are sincere in their Satanism, and how much of it is an act.

Chris Frantz - "Genius of Love"

Chris Frantz - "Genius of Love"They're Playing My Song

Chris and his wife Tina were the rhythm section for Talking Heads when they formed The Tom Tom Club. "Genius of Love" was their blockbuster, but David Byrne only mentioned it once.

Joe Elliott of Def Leppard

Joe Elliott of Def LeppardSongwriter Interviews

The Def Leppard frontman talks about their "lamentable" hit he never thought of as a single, and why he's juiced by his Mott The Hoople cover band.

Wherefore Art Thou Romeo Lyric

Wherefore Art Thou Romeo LyricMusic Quiz

In this quiz, spot the artist who put Romeo into a song lyric.

Eric Clapton

Eric ClaptonFact or Fiction

Did Eric Clapton really write "Cocaine" while on cocaine? This question and more in the Clapton edition of Fact or Fiction.

Howard Jones

Howard JonesSongwriter Interviews

Howard explains his positive songwriting method and how uplifting songs can carry a deeper message.