As I was walking through my local shopping centre today this song was playing in the background. Lyrics below used under fair use.

Young girl, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run girl
You’re much too young girl

With all the charms of a woman
You’ve kept the secret of your youth
You led me to believe you’re old enough
To give me love
And now it hurts to know the truth

Young girl, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run girl
You’re much too young girl

Beneath your perfume and your make-up
You’re just a baby in disguise
And though you know that it’s wrong to be
Alone with me
That come on look is in your eyes

Young girl, get out my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run girl
You’re much too young girl

So hurry home to your mama
I’m sure she wonders where you are
Get out of here
Before I have the time
To change my mind
‘Cause I’m afraid we’ll go too far

Young girl, get out my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run girl
You’re much too young girl (repeat to fade)

I have heard it before but it had completely slipped my mind. I started to ask myself a few questions about this former number one hit as I walked through town! Questions like how young was this girl? I got back home and started doing some research.

The song was released in 1968 which would have made Gary Puckett (the lead singer born in 1942 according to wikipedia) about 26 at the time. So I believe 18 would have been young but not too young (I’m 37 and I would not turn down an 18 year old based on her age) so what was much too young? Seventeen and Sixteen would have been slightly too young and fifteen would have been too young but still what was much to young? How old is this girl that Gary Puckett is singing about?

Fourteen? Thirteen? Twelve? Eleven? Ten? Fucking Nine? Hopefully not. I don’t know her age but anything below Fifteen is much too young I would say!

The song wouldn’t work the other way though, I mean imagine the lyrics you’re much too old girl it would sound silly. Maybe it would go something like this;

Old girl, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better get on your mobility scooter girl
You’re much too old girl

With all the charms of a woman
You’ve kept the secret of your age
You led me to believe you’re young enough
To give me love
And now it hurts to know the truth

Old girl, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better get on your mobility scooter girl
You’re much too old girl

Beneath your perfume and your make-up
You’re just an old hag in disguise
And though you know that it’s wrong to be
Alone with me
That come on look is in your eyes

Old girl, get out my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run girl
You’re much too young girl

So hurry home to your carer
I’m sure she wonders where you are
Get out of here
Before I have the time
To change my mind
‘Cause I’m afraid we’ll go too far

Old girl, get out my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better get on your mobility scooter girl
You’re much too old girl (repeat to fade)

Yep that is ridiculous maybe he should have just changed the lyrics to you’re slightly too young girl instead of much to young, it does not sound as bad.

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