Song Lyric Sunday — Party Time

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The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week is  “parties/partying.” I immediately thought of the 1963 song by Lesley Gore, “It’s My Party.” It was the first hit single for producer Quincy Jones and it hit #1 on the pop and rhythm and blues charts in the United States.

The song is the sad story of a teenage girl at her birthday party when her boyfriend, Johnny, disappears, only to surface with another girl, Judy, who is “wearing his ring” to indicate she’s replaced the birthday girl as his love interest.

“It’s My Party” was written by Walter Gold, John Gluck Jr., Herb Weiner, and Seymour Gottlieb and was released on Mercury Records. Lesley Gore was only 16 years old when she recorded the song.

It was such a big hit that just three months later, the Mercury label released Lesley Gore’s follow-up song, “Judy’s Turn To Cry,” in which Johnny dumps Judy and returns to his original girlfriend. Ah, young love.

Here are the lyrics:

Nobody knows where my Johnny has gone
Judy left the same time
Why was he holding her hand
When he’s supposed to be mine

It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to, cry if I want to
You would cry too if it happened to you

Playin’ my records, keep dancin’ all night
Leave me alone for a while
Till Johnny’s dancin’ with me
I’ve got no reason to smile

It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to, cry if I want to
You would cry too if it happened to you

Judy and Johnny just walked through the door
Like a queen with her king
Oh what a birthday surprise
Judy’s wearin’ his ring

It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to, cry if I want to
You would cry too if it happened to you

And here is the song:

9 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Party Time

    • Fandango October 29, 2017 / 7:02 am

      Thanks. I didn’t know it was still popular today. I was in high school when the Lesley Gore version was released.

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  1. Helen Vahdati October 29, 2017 / 8:52 am

    This is a popular song for SLS today, but I do love it, so it’s alright with me. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Marquessa October 29, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    This is indeed a hit for today’s theme. And still a great choice!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. ghostmmnc October 29, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    Yes, such a classic of young love. I of course had to sing along. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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