October 15, 2011

Herman's Hermits - Silhouettes (1965)

Coming out of Manchester, England in 1963 as an R&B band, this group was put together as a clean cut and non-threatening band in hopes of gaining the approval of teenagers’ parents. Most of their hits were aimed at American audiences, where Peter Noone, their lead vocalist, intentionally exaggerated his British accent.

This song was originally a doo-wop hit for The Rays in 1957. It’s been a long standing mystery as to who actually played the guitar on this track. Some claim it was Jimmy Page (later of The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin); others claim it was Vic Flick (who played the famous guitar rift in the James Bond theme); but the original members there that day seem to remember that it was actually Derek Leckenby (the band’s lead guitarist). I guess we’ll never know for sure.

Herman's Hermits - Silhouettes

Herman's Hermits - Silhouettes (1965)

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Took a walk and passed your house late last night
All the shades were pulled and drawn way down tight
From within, the dim light cast two silhouettes on the shade
Oh, what a lovely couple they made

Put his arms around your waist- held you tight
Kisses I could almost taste in the night
Wondered why I'm not the guy who's silhouette's on the shade
I couldn't hide the tears in my eyes

Lost control and rang your bell; I was sore
“Let me in or else I'll beat down your door”
When two strangers who have been two silhouettes on the shade
Said to my shock, "you're on the wrong block"

Rushed out to your house with wings on my feet
Loved you like I'd never loved you, my sweet
Vowed that you and I would be two silhouettes on the shade
All of our days, two silhouettes on the shade

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