Song Lyric Sunday — Hey Girl

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim has given us “greet,” “hey,” and “howdy.” My first inclination was to use the theme from “The Howdy Doody Show.”

But I thought that’s just too silly. Besides, I’m sure few of you are old enough to even remember who Howdy Doody was.

So then I thought I’d go with Bruce Channel’s “Hey! Baby,” until I realized that I just already did his song for my Song Lyric Sunday post in December 2019.

And that’s when I remembered Freddie Scott’s “Hey Girl.”

“Hey Girl” was written and composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It first became a popular Top Ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1963 when it was recorded by Freddie Scott. The song became Scott’s biggest pop hit and revived his singing career.

“Hey Girl” is about a man wondering how he can go on without his girl, and pleading with her to stay. By the end of the song, we learn that his begging doesn’t work as we hear him calling after her (“Hey girl!!!”) as she leaves.

Donny Osmond brought the song back to the Billboard top ten chart with his cover in 1971. There have also been many other cover versions of this song, including by The Righteous Brothers, Carole King, Ray Charles, Michael McDonald, and Billy Joel.

Here are the lyrics to “Hey Girl.”

Hey, girl, I want you to know
I’m gonna miss you so much if you go (bye bye baby)
And hey, girl, I tell you no lie
Something deep inside of me’s going to die (bye bye baby)
If you say “So long” (bye bye baby)
If this is “Goodbye” (bye bye baby)
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Hey, girl, this can’t be true
How am I supposed to exist without you? (bye bye baby)
Hey, girl, now don’t put me on
What’s gonna happen to me when you’re gone? (bye bye baby)
How will I live (bye bye baby)
How can I go on? (bye bye baby)

How can I go on? (bye bye baby)
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Hey, girl, now sit yourself down
I’m not ashamed to get down on the ground (bye bye baby)
And beg (bye bye baby), beg you to stay (bye bye baby)

Don’t go away (bye bye baby)
Hey, girl (bye bye baby)
No, I beg ya, please don’t go away (bye bye baby)
Hey, girl (bye bye baby)
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
Don’t, don’t go away

And just because I’m a big Billy Joel fan…

16 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Hey Girl

  1. CARAMEL June 13, 2021 / 4:23 am


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    • Fandango June 13, 2021 / 7:26 am

      Yeah, WordPress seems to have a mind of its own.


  2. newepicauthor June 13, 2021 / 6:03 am

    Freddie Scott has a nice voice, but I don’t remember ever hearing this song.

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  3. Liz BlackX June 13, 2021 / 9:24 am

    What a beautiful song this is. I’d never heard it before. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Fandango June 13, 2021 / 9:41 am

      You’re very welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed it.


  4. Christine Bolton June 13, 2021 / 12:17 pm

    I’m so happy you didn’t just go with Hidy Doody! 🤣. I loved Hey Girl, especially Billy Joel’s version

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  5. Marleen June 13, 2021 / 2:05 pm

    I’ve never watched “The Howdy Doody Show” but have heard that theme song. Yet, I like your second choice (by both singers) better. That has a very nostalgic sound to it, for me. I’m sure I’ve heard Donny Osmond sing it, too. Carole King was a very busy writer.

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