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March 19, 2013

The Zombies - Tell Her No (1964)

According to founding members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, this band’s name nearly became Chatterley and the Gamekeepers before choosing what eventually won out, seen above. Formed in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England in the early ‘60s, the group won a battle of the bands type of competition held by the London Evening News and was soon signed by Decca Records. Their first hit song, “She’s Not There,” was written by Argent (rumored to only be his second attempt at writing a song) and reached number twelve when released in mid-1964. The band became a part of the British Invasion, touring the United States in the mid-‘60s and, like many other bands, turned toward a more psychedelic sound around 1966/67. Their most acclaimed work would be their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle [sic], which was released four months after the band had already broken up.

Before any psychedelic notions had entered the band’s collective mind, they were focusing on singles much like many other acts of the time. Also like other acts of the time, the band was attempting to hone in on the wildly successful style of The Beatles. This song, written by Rod Argent, was the second-highest charting song by the band, reaching number six in the United States in early 1965 (having been released in December 1964). As mentioned in our previous post featuring this band, the group generally didn’t do as well on the charts in their native United Kingdom as they did in the United States. Backing up that fact, this song only reached number forty-two in the UK.

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The Zombies - Tell Her No (1964)

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Lyrics:

And if she should tell you, “Come closer”
And if she tempts you with her charms
(Tell her no, no, no, no)
(No-no-no-no, no, no, no, no)
(No-no-no-no, no, no, no, no, no)
Don't hurt me now, for her love belongs to me

And if she should tell you, “I love you”
And if she tempts you with her charms
(Tell her no, no, no, no)
(No-no-no-no, no, no, no, no)
Oh, don’t let her go from your arms
(No-no-no-no, no, no, no, no, no)
Oh, don't hurt me now, for her love belongs to me

I know she's the kind of girl
Who’d throw my love away
But I still love her so
Don't hurt me now, don't hurt me now

If she tells you, “I love you”
Just remember she said that to me
(Tell her no, no, no, no)
Oh, yeah
(No-no-no-no, no, no, no, no)
Oh, don't take her love from my arms
(No-no-no-no, no, no, no, no, no)
Oh, don't leave me now, for her love belongs to me

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