Album: Looking On (1998 reissue) (1969)
Charted: 12
Play Video


  • Writing in Melody Maker, July 19, 1969, Chris Welch said "Curly" was an obvious success for The Move.

    Written by Roy Wood, this somewhat off-beat track was by no means an obvious anything; backed by "This Time Tomorrow," it was released the following month and was indeed a hit, reaching number 12 in the UK. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • The song is about a boy who is stifled by his conservative father, but sees the world in a new way when a girl enters his life. It turns out she is just toying with him, and leaves him the fool.
  • Answering questions about this song, the group's drummer Bev Bevan would sometimes say that Curly was lead singer Carl Wayne's pet pig. This made an interesting anecdote, but was not true.
  • Roy Wood played the recorder on this song, which was overdubbed and multitracked.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Van Dyke Parks

Van Dyke ParksSongwriter Interviews

U2, Carly Simon, Joanna Newsom, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple have all gone to Van Dyke Parks to make their songs exceptional.

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater RevivalFact or Fiction

Is "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" about Vietnam? Was John Fogerty really born on a Bayou? It's the CCR edition of Fact or Fiction.

Jon Anderson

Jon AndersonSongwriter Interviews

Jon Anderson breaks down the Yes classic "Seen All Good People" and talks about his 1000 Hands album, which features Chick Corea, Rick Derringer, Ian Anderson, and many other luminaries.

Desmond Child

Desmond ChildSongwriter Interviews

One of the most successful songwriters in the business, Desmond co-wrote "Livin' La Vida Loca," "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" and "Livin' On A Prayer."

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith

Steven Tyler of AerosmithSongwriter Interviews

Tyler talks about his true love: songwriting. How he identifies the beauty in a melody and turns sorrow into art.

Deconstructing Doors Songs With The Author Of The Doors Examined

Deconstructing Doors Songs With The Author Of The Doors ExaminedSong Writing

Doors expert Jim Cherry, author of The Doors Examined, talks about some of their defining songs and exposes some Jim Morrison myths.