The Hollies – Look Through Any Window

This song has the sixties stamped all over it. The video that I found is a good example of that. The song peaked at #32 in the Billboard 100 and #4 in the UK in 1966. This song was The Hollies’ first American Billboard Top 40 hit.

It has a distinctive 12 string that started to appear on Byrds and Beatle songs at the time.

Graham Gouldman wrote this song:

“Yes, I was on a train coming back from London up from Manchester where I used to live, with a friend of mine, and he was looking out the window. He said, ‘Look through any window,’ because we were looking as the train crept out of the station and started going through the suburbs quite slowly. We were trying to look into the houses to see what was going on.”

 

From Songfacts

Proving that not every song has to involve love, heartbreak or espionage, The Hollies released this song about the quotidian delights that happen every day. Just look through any window and you’ll see them.

Graham Gouldman, who wrote the Hollies hit “Bus Stop,” wrote “Look Through Any Window” with Charles Silverman, about whom little is known. 

As he did with “Bus Stop,” Graham Gouldman, who was still a teenager, got help with the lyrics from his father, Hymie, a writer known affectionately as “Hyme the Rhyme.”

Look Through Any Window

Look through any window yeah
What do you see
Smiling faces all around
rushing through the busy town

Where do they go
Moving on their way
walking down highways and the by-ways
Where do they go
Moving on their way
people with their shy ways and their sly ways

Oh you can see the little children all around
Oh you can see the little ladies in their gowns when you

Look through any window yeah
any time of day
See the drivers on the roads
pulling down their heavy loads

Where do they go
Moving on their way
driving down highways and the byways
Where do they go
Moving on their way
drivers with their shy ways and their sly ways

Oh you can see the little children all around
Oh you can see the little ladies in their gowns when you

Look through any window yeah
what do you see
Smiling faces all around
rushing through the busy town

Where do they go
Moving on their way
Moving on their way
Moving on their way