Freedy Johnston – Seventies Girl

This song has everything I like in a good pop song. Good melody, lyrics, and a voice that carries it perfectly. I also like the steel guitar in the background that sets the tone for the song.

When you can use “chartreuse green” in a lyric you are doing alright.

Clothes from a case you’d thrown at me
Orange, yellow, red and chartreuse green

Freedy Johnston was an artist that I found in the late 90s. I first heard him on an alternative radio station I would listen to. They would play cuts off of his Never Home album. When I heard this song I bought the album.

Johnston has never burned up the charts but he did have a minor his in 1994 with the song Bad Reputation which peaked at #54 in the Billboard 100.

Later on I would like his version of Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) off of his Right Between the Promises album.

Seventies Girl

Down from the attic in your old things
My new girlfriend has a curious streak
Half lit, in the hall
She’s like you
Twenty years ago

Clothes from a case you’d thrown at me
Orange, yellow, red and chartreuse green
Way back in the day
I lost you
Don’t tell me here we go again

Seventies girl
Don’t come any closer
There’s gonna be trouble tonight
You’re not staying over

Hey there seventies girl
Never should have showed her
You want to be older
Than you were

She was transcendental then
Her beautiful eyes through your rose specs
Way back, in the day
I loved you
Or something like it anyway

Seventies girl
You’ve been taken over
You never had a cradle to rock
Now you want to go there

Hey there seventies girl
Never should have told her
You want to be older
Than you were

We fell apart
Just like that dress
Then taught ourselves unhappiness
I don’t recall much, I confess
But wonder where she’s gone

Seventies girl
Don’t come any closer
There’s gonna be trouble tonight
You’re not staying over

Hey there, seventies girl
Never should’ve showed her
You want to be older
Than you were

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

17 thoughts on “Freedy Johnston – Seventies Girl”

  1. I know him only from Bad Reputation – loved that song. Like the melody in this one. The chartreuse line reminds me of something Warren Zevon would write – he had a real knack for that kind of thing

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    1. That fit so well into the song…it wasn’t forced whatsoever. I first noticed him doing a cover of Love Goes Where My Rosemary Goes…I’m a sucker for that song…there is some Bubble-Gum in me….and his hit Bad Reputation.

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  2. Johnston is underrated – he had about four records in a row, from Can You Fly to Blue Days, Black Nights that have a bunch of great songs. One More Thing to Break is my favourite from this album.

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  3. Sounds good – never heard it before or of him though. Quite decent sound and lyrics though. I like that “Love grows” song by Edison Lighthouse, I believe, so his version might well be worth looking up.

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    1. Thank you John I really appreciate that. I got burned out just talking about the Beatles, the Who and the Stones so I thought I would mix it up.

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  4. Melodic Americana with a dose of pop – nice pick, Max. I had never heard of Freedy Johnston, not even what appears to be his biggest hit, “Bad Reputation”. Well, at least I’m familiar with the original of “Love Grows.” Johnston’s cover of the tune is pretty good!

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    1. He did a great cover of Love Grows…he is a good singer songwriter… This was an album track I just feel for…the name of the song is probably what made me listen to it back then lol.

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