Pretty Ballerina

Album: Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina (1967)
Charted: 15
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  • I had a date with a pretty ballerina
    Her hair so brilliant that it hurt my eyes
    I asked her for this dance and then she obliged me
    Was I surprised, yeah, was I surprised, no not at all

    I called her yesterday, it should have been tomorrow
    I could not keep the joy that was inside
    I beg for her to tell me if she really loved me
    Some where a mountain is moving
    Afraid it's moving without me

    La la la la la

    I had a date with a pretty ballerina
    Her hair so brilliant that hurt my eyes
    I asked for this dance and then she obliged me
    Was I surprised, yeah, was I surprised, no not at all

    And when I wake on a dreary Sunday morning
    I open up my eyes to find there's rain
    And something strange within says go ahead and find her
    Just close your eyes, yeah
    Just close your eyes and she'll be there
    She'll be there
    She'll be there Writer/s: Michael Brown
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 6

  • Chaia from NyFunny that some woman named jean swore this was about her. She danced as a kid so because she worked at the record label she goes around saying it's about her. Lol. Nope .
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 1st 1967, "Pretty Ballerina" by the Left Banke* entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #96; and seven weeks later on February 9th, 1967 it peaked at #15 {for 2 weeks} and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #4 on the Canadian RPM 100 Singles chart...
    The New York City group had two other Top 100 records; "Walk Away Renee" {peaked at #5 in 1966} and "Desiree" {it had a two week stay on the chart, peaking at #98}...
    * Over the years the group has had at least twenty different members.
  • Al from Baltimore, MdThis is an incredibly sophisticated song both musically and lyrically. Michael Brown was certainly thinking outside the box when he came up with the changes, and the eerie, haunting Lydian mode that transports the melody line is nearly unique in all of rock or pop. I think the best line in the song is in the second verse, "somewhere a mountain is moving, 'fraid it's moving without me." Evidently Brown had been exposed to romantic novels and their ilk, since "feeling the earth move" is an obvious metaphor for sexual ecstasy. Poor kid knew she was getting it, but not from him. I can clearly remember the pain of jealous longing that I used to feel under similar circumstances. But to nail it so brilliantly at 18 years of age is just amazing. What ever happened to him?
  • Ted from Phoenix, AzWhat I love about "Pretty Ballerina" is that little piano lick that runs through nearly the entire piece, playing an almost countermelody. In fact, that piano lick and the lyrics, which seem to be about a dream the narrator had, places this song well ahead of "Walk Away Rene," in my book.
  • Adam from West Palm Beach, FlMichael Brown was actually under 18 when both Pretty Ballerina and Walk Away Renee were recorded, which is an absolutely remarkable feat in realizing that two songs of such amazing depth and sensitivity could've been conceived by someone of such a young age.
  • Kenny from Los Angeles, CaThe songwriter DID have a crush on a girl. turns out though, that it was the lead singers' girlfriend. after the songs became hits, all was forgiven, and the singer even broke up with the girl at some point
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