Album: The Turtles Present The Battle Of The Bands (1968)
Charted: 7 6
  • You got a thing about you
    I just can't live without you
    I really want you Elenore near me
    Your looks intoxicate me
    Even though your folks hate me
    There's no one like you Elenore really

    Elenore gee I think you're swell
    And you really do me well
    You're my pride and joy et cetera
    Elenore can I take the time
    To ask you to speak your mind
    Tell me that you love me better

    I really think you're groovy
    Let's go out to a movie
    What do ya say now, Elenore can we?
    They'll turn the lights way down low
    Maybe we won't watch the show
    I think I love you, Elenore, love me

    Elenore, gee I think you're swell
    And you really do me well
    You're my pride and joy, et cetera
    Elenore, can I take the time
    To ask you to speak your mind?
    Tell me that you love me better

    One more time!

    Elenore, gee I think you're swell, ah-hah
    Elenore, gee I think you're swell, ah-hah-hah Writer/s: Al Nichol, Howard Kaylan, Jim Pons, John Barbata, Mark Volman
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 14

  • Maggie from CarlisleI was watching tv late one night when I came across a film about a group of disaffected 16 year olds who put on a school play which was a version of Romeo and Juliet but was done with pop music from the 60's and included the Turtles song Elenore. It at first seemed a trashy film but by the end I was fascinated. I cannot find what the film was called and so cannot find it t watch again. I haven't found anybody who knows the film. Any ideas anyone?
  • Mark from Lancaster, Ohio UsaI have always wondered if other groups--specifically the Beatles--ever released songs that were purposely rotten.
  • Sean from CanadaI might be off the mark here but Elenore Bron was something of an "It" girl around the time this would have been written. She starred in Help! as well as Bedazzled (with Dudley Moore and Peter Cook). And I have always thought that she was the inspiration for the song.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaAlways liked this tune. Thanks guys.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 15th 1968, "Elenore" by the Turtles entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #97; and on October 27th, 1968 it peaked at #6 {for 1 week} and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #1 in New Zealand...
    The group’s next release, "You Showed Me", also peaked at #6 on the Top 100 and also spent 12 weeks on the chart...
    Between 1965 and 1970 the Los Angeles-based group had seventeen Top 100 records; five made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Happy Together" for 3 weeks on March 19th, 1967 {the record it replaced at #1 was "Penny Lane" by the Beatles}...
    Their 17th and last charted record was a covered version of Barry McGuire's #1 hit, "The Eve of Destruction", it stayed on the Top 100 for two weeks and was at #100 for both those weeks.
  • Martin from Fresno, CaGreat love song.The turtles had great harmonies.
  • Guy from Montr�al, QcFor years I was under the impression that Elenore was a British song. My mother language is not English and I thought it sounded British to make "et cetera" rhyme with "better"! I love the song though. One of the very best of 1968.
  • Jesse from Madison, WiAnd Paul Beaver played one of the first-ever-heard recordings of the infamous Moog synthesizer after the chorus. It kinda sounds like a tripped out and twisted organ, but TRUST ME, it's Paul Beaver's Moog. It also appeared on their "You Showed Me" hit.
  • Beth from Charleston, WvI heard this was an expression of their "love" for Leslie(Elenore)Gore. Anyone else heard this?
  • Michelle from Seattle, WaThe concept album from which this song came (Battle of the Bands) featured songs in a number of different pop-music genres, with the character of the imaginary bands explained via the aforementioned photos. The song suited the dickey-wearing wholesome teen band persona they adopted for ELENORE.
  • Dave from Des Moines, IaThis was supposed to be a novelty like song which would cut into their record label's profits (because they had been pestered for another "Happy Together". Instead the plan backfired and it ended up being one of their biggest hits--despite the "Gee I think you're swell..." bit which parodied typical love songs of a few years before. The album it appears on "The Turtles present the Battle of the Bands" is a sight to see. The album contains a two pane fold with pictures of themselves posing as different bands for each songs. Many of the other songs are novelties with the exception of "You showed me" which appears. ("Food" is a particularly interesting cut.)
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiagreat song , Happy Together, great song ....
  • Teresa from Mechelen, Belgium"Eleanore Rigby" from the Beatles and "Elenore" from the Turtles : two completely different songs,
    no way to be compared. I have this song of the Turtles on a double-cd "Best of the 60's" and I love it, also the ah-HAH-ha-ah-ahaaaaaaaa! Sweet 60's, the best period of popmusic!
  • Leya Qwest from Anchorage, AkThis hit came out two years after the Beatles' Eleanor Rigby. It was quite the gutsy endeavor to bust out a light-hearted love song about a girl named Elenore, when the public's previous experience with music about a woman with the same name had been a serious, dark, but beautiful one. Kudos to The Turtles for their boldness and for crafting a snappy pop tune in the face of such an intimidating precedent, dig at their record label though it might've been. I think the song's swell...ah-HAH-ha-ah-ahaaaaaaaa!
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