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April 03, 2013

Herman's Hermits - East West (1966)

Originally known as Herman & The Hermits, this band out of Manchester, England originally found the majority of their success in the United States where teenage girls yearned for lead singer Peter Noone and his intentionally exaggerated his Mancunian accent. In 1965 alone, the band had three Top 3 songs in the United States: “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat” (January), “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” (March), and “I’m Henry VIII, I Am” (June). The group continued to be successful in the United States all throughout 1966 and shortly into 1967 with their last big US hit “There’s a Kind of Hush.” After that song’s release in February 1967, the band’s popularity in the US began to sink as it simultaneously rose in the United Kingdom. They had seven songs in the Top 15 on the UK charts from January 1968 through November 1970, but they knew things were dwindling down. Noone split from the band in 1970 and the rest of the Hermits continued on until 1973, failing to have any success. These days, Peter Noone continues to tour and make guest appearances on both sides of the pond.

After releasing “No Milk Today” in October 1966 to the UK, Herman’s Hermits was looking for their next big single. Although they wouldn’t really shine again until 1967’s “There’s a Kind of Hush” in February, they released the song heard below in the interim. Written by Graham Gouldman (a future member of 10cc), this song was released in December 1966 and reached number twenty-seven in the US, thirty-three in the UK, and number five in New Zealand. It was backed by the B-Side “What Is Wrong-What Is Right.”

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Herman's Hermits - East West (1966)

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Lyrics:

East, west over the ocean
Perpetual motion, traveling around
No rest, singing and playing
Night-out and day-in, doing the rounds
What a great life it must seem
(What a great life it must seem)

Swell joints, everything classy
Nothing that's passé, only the best
Lush girls ogling and eyeing
Crying and sighing, this is success
What a great life it must seem
(What a great life it must seem)

But when I hear young voices singing out
The bells at home come ringing out
When I feel all alone
Then I think of my home

Mom, dad all ‘round the fire
In festive attire, keeping the day
Aunts, kids, all the relations
Congratulations, this is success
What a great life it must seem
(What a great life it must seem)

But when I hear young voices singing out
Then the bells at home start ringing out
When I feel all alone
Then I long for my home

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