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“You got a thing about you
I just can’t live without you
I really want you, Elenore, near me
your looks intoxicate me
even though your folks hate me
there’s no one like you, Elenore, really

Elenore, gee I think you’re swell
and you really do me well
you’re my pride and joy, et cetera
Elenore, can I take the time
to ask you to speak your mind
tell me that you love me better

I really think you’re groovy
let’s go out to a movie
what do you say, now, Elenore, can we?
They’ll turn the lights way down low
maybe we won’t watch the show
I think I love you, Elenore, love me

Elenore, gee I think you’re swell
and you really do me well
you’re my pride and joy, et cetera
Elenore, can I take the time
to ask you to speak your mind
tell me that you love me better
Elenore, gee I think you’re swell ah-hah
Elenore, gee I think you’re swell ah-hah
Hah”.

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The Turtles, Elenore – 2:32
(Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman, Al Nichol, Jim Pons, John Barbata)
Album: The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands (1968)
Singolo: “Elenore / Surfer Dan” (1968)

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Cover.

1. Gianni MorandiScende la pioggia (1968, versione in italiano)

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Citazioni.

Elenore is a 1968 song by American pop-rock group The Turtles, originally included on the album The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands. Its writing was co-credited to the five members of the band, Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman, Al Nichol, Jim Pons and John Barbata. The song was written as a satire of one of their earlier pop hits, Happy Together.
By 1968, The Turtles had had a number of successful pop records on the White Whale label, including Bob Dylan‘s It Ain’t Me Babe, Happy Together and She’d Rather Be With Me, both written by Gary Bonner and Alan Gordon. The band members wanted to diversify their musical output, in parallel with more innovative musical groups of the time, and to record their own material. However, their record company were reluctant to allow them to do so.
As a demonstration of their musical versatility, The Turtles recorded the album …the Battle of the Bands, which featured performances in a wide variety of different musical styles. The band recorded Elenore as a parody of the type of happy-go-lucky pop songs they themselves had been performing, but with deliberately clichéd and slapdash lyrics such as: “Your looks intoxicate me / Even though your folks hate me / There’s no one like you, Elenore, really“; and “Gee, I think you’re swell / And you really do me well / You’re my pride and joy, et cetera…“.
Howard Kaylan later said: “Elenore was a parody of Happy Together. It was never intended to be a straight-forward song. It was meant as an anti-love letter to White Whale [Records], who were constantly on our backs to bring them another Happy Together. So I gave them a very skewed version. Not only with the chords changed, but with all these bizarre words. It was my feeling that they would listen to how strange and stupid the song was and leave us alone. But they didn’t get the joke. They thought it sounded good. Truthfully, though, the production on Elenore WAS so damn good. Lyrically or not, the sound of the thing was so positive that it worked. It certainly surprised me”.
The song was produced by Chip Douglas and released as a single (White Whale 276). Elenore reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and also reached # 7 on the UK singles chart, # 6 in Canada, # 8 in Australia, and # 1 in New Zealand. It has since featured on many anthologies, and as part of the soundtrack of the 2009 film The Boat That Rocked. The most famous cover of this song is “Scende la pioggia” by Italian singer Gianni Morandi“.

(Wikipedia, voce Elenore)

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