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Peaches – (Song Lyric Sunday)

I have chosen Peaches because The Stranglers (as part of the punk movement) released this during my teenage, defining year! Boyfriend is also a fan and we have been to see them on tour, several times over the last 10 years. It makes me chuckle to see all these bald headed 60 year old guys in the audience, Dad dancing to this!

“Peaches” was controversial because of its anarchist, non-conformist, “sexual” content, primarily aimed at shaking up the establishment and poking the eye of the new politically correct punk movement. The song’s narrator is girl-watching on a crowded beach one hot summer day. It is never made clear if his lascivious thoughts (such as “there goes a girl and a half”) are an interior monologue, comments to his mates, or come-on lines to the attractive women in question.

The critic Tom Maginnis wrote that Hugh Cornwell sings with “a lecherous sneer, the sexual tension is so unrelenting as to spill into macho parody or even censor-baiting territory”. The single was a double A-side with pub rock song “Go Buddy Go” which was played on UK radio at the time and also on the band’s BBC TV Top of the Pops appearance because the sexual nature of the lyrics of “Peaches” caused the BBC to ban it.

Still, “Peaches” was ranked at No. 18 among the top “Tracks of the Year” for 1977 by NME, and it reached No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart. The radio cut, however, had to be re-recorded with less explicit lyrics: “clitoris” was replaced with “bikini”, “oh shit” with “oh no” and “what a bummer” with “what a summer”.

Wikipedia

Peaches

The Stranglers

Strolling along minding my own business
Well there goes a girl and a half
She’s got me going up and down
She’s got me going up and down
Walking on the beaches lookin’ at the peaches
Well I got the notion girl that you got some suntan lotion in that bottle of yours
Spread it all over my peelin’ skin baby
That feels real good
All this skirt lappin’ up the sun
Lap me up
Why don’t you come on and
Lap me up
Walking on the beaches looking at the peaches
Well there goes another one just lying down on the sand dunes
I’d better go take a swim and see if I can cool down a little bit
‘Cause you and me woman
We got a lotta things on our minds (you know what I mean)
Walking on the beaches looking at the peaches
Will you just take a look over there (where?) there
Is she tryin’ to get outta that clitoris?
Liberation for women
That’s what I preach
Preacher man
Walking on the beaches looking at the peaches
Oh shit
There goes the charabanc
Looks like I’m gonna be stuck here the whole summer
Well what a bummer
I can think of a lot worse places to be
Like down in the streets
Or down in the sewer
Or even on the end of a skewer

Down on the beaches, just look at all the peaches
Down on the beaches, just look at all the brown bodies
Down on the beaches, just look at all the sunglasses
Down on the beaches, just look at all the peaches
Down on the beaches, just look at all the peaches
Down on the beaches, just look at all the peaches
Down on the beaches

Mghh… mghh
Mghh… mghh
Mghh
Mghh
Mghh… mghh

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Burnel Jean Jacques / Cornwell Hugh Alan / Duffy Brian John / Greenfield David Paul

Peaches lyrics © David M Dederer Publishing, Raw Poo Music, David M. Dederer Publishing, Albion Music Ltd., Sony/atv Allegro, Itvb Music

Post inspired by Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday – This week we have the prompt to find songs where somebody is having sex, or talking about it, insinuating sex, or hinting about sex – Click through for the rules if you too would like to join in …

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