Gary US Bonds – This Little Girl

I bought this single in 1981 and I still have it somewhere. After the opening chord (Abm) is strummed Gary US Bonds kicks into a very good Springsteen penned song. It peaked at #11 on the Billboard Charts. It came off the album “Dedication.”

This was a comeback for Bonds and he was backed by members of the E Street Band and The Asbury Jukes. Bonds influenced Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt musically growing up.

I liked this song the first time I heard it…This bouncy song fit’s Gary’s voice and style perfectly.

“This Little Girl (Is Mine)”

Here she comes
Walkin’ down the street
You know she’s walkin’ just like
She’s walkin’ to come and see me
Oh, she’s so young and she’s so fine

I know what’s on your mind
Know what you want to do
But if you mess with her
I’m gonna mess with you
You better watch your step
You better stay in line

This little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl
This little girl
This little girl is mine

Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl
This little girl
This little girl is mine

Well, if the world was mine to do with
What I want to do, sir
Well I’d wrap it up in a bow
And give it all to her, yeah
And all my love
All of the time
You know I’d hold her tight
I’d never let her go
And late at night
You know I’d love her so
Yeah, I’d treat her right
So she’d never mind

This little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl
This little girl
This little girl is mine

Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl
This little girl
This little girl is mine
Mine, mine, mine

[Instrumental Interlude]

Hey, you better watch out
I’m telling you the score
Are you going to be sweepin’ your
Broken heart up off the floor
Oh, and that ain’t all
I’m telling you my friend
I know what’s on your mind
Know what you wanna do
But if you mess with her
I’m gonna mess with you
You like the way she moves
You like to watch her walk
You better listen up
‘Cause man this ain’t just talk
You better watch yourself
You better stay in line

Now, mister I said
This little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
This little girl
This little girl
This little girl is mine

Oh-oh, this little girl
This little girl
This little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl
This little girl

This little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl
This little girl
This little girl is mine

Yeah, yeah, yeah
This little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh this little girl
This little girl
This little girl
She’s mine all mine

Now, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh this little girl is mine
Oh-oh this little girl
This little girl
This little girl is mine, mine, mine, mine

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

12 thoughts on “Gary US Bonds – This Little Girl”

      1. Bruce wrote the hit for Gary- Bruce and Miami Steve produced it. I like seeing big stars reach back like that and give a boost to one of their early heroes…. Aretha Franklin passes at 76.

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      2. Oh jeez…I’ve been checking the past two days…every time I get on the internet I would check… Aretha and Joplin were my favorite female singers.

        Yes I like when the stars help their influences… Like Jack White producing Loretta Lynn a few years back

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      3. I knew she had been cancelling concerts- didn’t realize how bad off she was until the announcement the other day.. what a voice- i believe Rolling Stone had her #1 as far as singers go-… i think Janis is one of our few differences..

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      4. Yes and I can see why on the Janis part. I do understand why you don’t care for her… it’s the aggressive part and of Springsteen that I like. Just giving everything… but she did just scream at times…I’ll give you that.
        Aretha had soul to spare. She made songs her own.

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      5. She could turn anything into a great song. The first real exposure I had of her- other than say hearing Respect- was when she was in the Blues Brother Movie- I then went out and bought her greatest hits album.

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      6. That’s another example of hot stars at the time helping older ones out. That movie helped Ray Charles, Franklin, etc…
        The first song I remember hearing from her is “Baby I Love You” and her voice got my attention. She did a good version of The Weight and Let It Be… her own version but good.

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      7. Although the Blues Brothers were short lived- I recall on the album even- they would identify who did the original of the song- and remember they had old Cab Calloway out there- I had known the name but there was the face to the name and he had a song to sing- couldn’t have hurt his career either. … she did a number of Beatles songs- all very well.

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      8. I read yesterday where Paul wrote Let It Be for Aretha…I didn’t know that. She didn’t know what it meant and wasn’t going to release it but she ended up releasing it before The Beatles did…her time having rights were running out.

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  1. This really does sound like BRUCE – Another band that sounded almost exactly like him was JOHN CAFFERTY and the BEAVER BROWN BAND – I was not really into them, but I went to see them live when they played at a club in my town and they were actually pretty good – also GARY US BONDS played at the same club around the time that this album came out around 1981 – did not see that show however – only 12 or 13 at the time.

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    1. It really does sound like Bruce. That was cool of Bruce to help kick-start Gary’s career again for him by writing and playing on it.
      Yes, John Cafferty… funny you say that because that is what my blog tomorrow will be on…Eddie and the Cruisers.
      Cafferty said that Bruce helped him on the soundtrack of that movie. He said it was like getting hitting tips from Mickey Mantle.

      That is cool you got to see them.

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