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June 22, 2016

The Seekers - Georgy Girl (1966)

At Melbourne Boys High School in Victoria, Australia during the late 1950s, a few guys from different musical groups (The Trinamics and The Ramblers) came together to start a new doo-wop act calling themselves The Escorts. Over the next few years, some members shuffled in and out; and, in 1962, the group renamed themselves The Seekers. After the dust had settled, their most well-known line-up had been solidified; it consisted of Judith Durham (vocals, piano, and tambourine), Athol Guy (bass), Keith Potger (guitar), and Bruce Woodley (guitar).

The group’s popularity began in Melbourne, Australia, spread to the rest of the country, and by February 1965, they had claimed the number one and number four spots on the charts in the United Kingdom and the United States, respectively.

The song heard below was the band’s highest charting single in the United States, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The song’s music (by Tom Springfield) and lyrics (by Jim Dale) were put together to go with the release of a British film, also titled Georgy Girl, released in 1966. In the movie, two alternative versions of the song are heard- one during the opening credits and the other during the closing credits. An entirely different third version was used for the release of the song as a single. The single version is the one heard below.

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The Seekers - Georgy Girl (1966)

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Lyrics:

Hey there, Georgy girl
Swingin’ down the street so fancy-free
Nobody you meet could ever see
The loneliness there
Inside you

Hey there, Georgy girl
Why do all the boys just pass you by?
Could it be you just don’t try?
Or is it the clothes you wear?

You’re always window shopping
But never stopping to buy
So, shed those dowdy feathers and fly
A little bit

Hey there, Georgy girl
There’s another Georgy deep inside
Bring out all the love you hide
And, oh, what a change there’d be
The world would see
A new Georgy girl

Hey there, Georgy girl
Dreamin’ of the someone you could be
Life is a reality
You can’t always run away

Don’t be so scared of changing
And rearranging yourself
It’s time for jumping down from the shelf
A little bit

Hey there, Georgy girl
There’s another Georgy deep inside
Bring out all the love you hide
And, oh, what a change there’d be
The world would see
A new Georgy girl

(Hey there, Georgy girl)
Wake up, Georgy girl
(Hey there, Georgy girl)
Come on, Georgy girl
(Hey there, Georgy girl)
Wake up, Georgy girl…

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