Liar, Liar

Album: single release only (1965)
Charted: 12
Play Video
  • Liar, liar, pants on fire
    Your nose is longer than a telephone wire

    Ask me, baby, why I'm sad
    You've been out all night, know you've been bad
    Don't tell me different, know it's a lie
    Come kill me, honey, see how I cry

    Why must you hurt me, do what you do
    Listen here, girl, can't you see I love you
    Make a little effort, try to be true
    I'll be happy, not so blue

    Liar, liar, pants on fire
    Your nose is longer than a telephone wire

    If you keep on tellin' me those lies
    Still goin' out with other guys
    There'll come a day I'll be gone
    Take my advice, won't be long

    When that day comes, won't be mad
    Be free of you, but I'll still be sad
    In spite of your cheatin', still love you so
    I'll be unhappy if I let you go

    Liar, liar, pants on fire
    Your nose is longer than a telephone wire Writer/s: DENNIS CRASWELL, JAMES DONNA
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 10

  • James from Diamond Bar Ca One of the greatest records ever - What gets me is those funky harmonies - " Still going out - other guys " So hip and sophisticated - when I was 18 like these guys were - I was lucky I was able to tie my shoes - What a masterpiece
  • Allen J. Friedman from Cleveland, OhioI was wondering who the girl is who is dancing in that red bikini? Is she still around?
    I loved this song since it first came out!
  • Joseph Cardile from South Padre Island, TexasI am watching them right this minute down here on the island and they just performed Liar Liar and the whole place knew the song word for word. Many one hit wonders don’t last 50+years like this one did. And they still sing it to perfection even the high parts.
  • Phil from Nelson, Bc Canada Great song from the 60’s
  • Jack W from TexasI served with Bob Folschow in Vietnam in 67-68. He had his guitar and when we had down time he pull that guitar out and crank up the classic Liar Liar for the platoon. Picked up the moral as much as it could. It was appropriate considering our geographical location at that time. Never saw or talked to Bob after rotating back to the states. Song has stuck with me all these years. Hope Bob is well and still cranking Liar Liar pants on fire in his high pitch voice!
  • Gary For California from California I met a guy while doing Army basic training at Fort Ord California in early 1970. He was the Company clerk and claimed he was an original member of the Castaways who later got drafted. Said he had met the Beatles on the road but was now just grunt heading for Nam like myself. That was then, this is now.
  • Dennis Craswell from MinnesotaBy the way, what photo are you using, top left..??? ?? That's a fake band, and not an original Castaways photo....Bob Folschow still performs in Soiuox Falls, SD you forgot to mention Dick Roby....and he is still plays in MN
  • Dennis Craswell from MinnesotaYou need to get your facts straight. Dennis Craswell has been playing in Calif. Texas and Minnesota since 1965.. Dennis Craswell is still active and playing as of today.!!! The name of his band in The Original long as you have a link to the "other" band, Please note The Original Castaways links: and Dennis is and was the drummer, still drumming, and plays the keyboard among other instruments
  • Alan from Reno, NvWhen I was in Vietnam, one of the guys claimed to be the back up drummer for the group. I have since learned he was not, but I was young then and believed a lot of things. That is probably why I ended up in Vietnam.
  • Kevin from Lawrence, KsI can't ever get enough of this riff, with the organ intro that just grabs your attention and then holds it throughout the song. Why this song hasn't attained iconic appeal is beyond me. That riff, the hook ("Liar, Liar...pants on fire...), the ability to dance to this song, the intense scream at the bridge. It's all there. Yet, this song retains a sort of seclusive staturs. It is loved by all who hear it, yet it makes no one's top all-time lists. There are few songs as good as this from the mid-sixties, yet the accolades thrown at this tune are non-existant. If you have to shun the song because of its bubble-gum image, you have to at least admit that the riff is as strong as the riff in "Satisfaction", and the organ intro is as iconic as the "Light My Fire" intro....or even the "In A Gadda Da Vida" intro. This song would have to be in my all-time top 50. And it should be in yours, too.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Superman in Song

Superman in SongSong Writing

Not everyone can be a superhero, but that hasn't stopped generations of musicians from trying to be Superman.

Joan Armatrading

Joan ArmatradingSongwriter Interviews

The revered singer-songwriter talks inspiration and explains why she put a mahout in "Drop the Pilot."

Jack Tempchin - "Peaceful Easy Feeling"

Jack Tempchin - "Peaceful Easy Feeling"They're Playing My Song

When a waitress wouldn't take him home, Jack wrote what would become one of the Eagles most enduring hits.

Gene Simmons of Kiss

Gene Simmons of KissSongwriter Interviews

The Kiss rocker covers a lot of ground in this interview, including why there are no Kiss collaborations, and why the Rock Hall has "become a sham."

Lita Ford

Lita FordSongwriter Interviews

Lita talks about how they wrote songs in The Runaways, and how she feels about her biggest hit being written by somebody else.

Intentionally Atrocious

Intentionally AtrociousSong Writing

A selection of songs made to be terrible - some clearly achieved that goal.