Songs That Grabbed Me – Smokie, Oh Carol

I remember hearing this on the radio when I was a young tacker and loved it. Back then it was the rolling rhythm that sucked me in but later I began to appreciate the lyrics. Come on, what red blooded boy doesn’t like the imagery of a hot girl? Often exaggerated imagery projected by an over-excited mate describing a girl he can’t have but wishes he could.

Such imagery is created with perfectly placed, tight rhyming syllables found in Oh Carol, by Smokie (co-written by Australian songwriter Mike Chapman), from the 1978 The Montreux Album.

The guy makes Carol sound pretty damn desirable if you ask me!

Well, I was out cruisin’, gettin’ late
And I was losin’ when I saw you walkin’ my way
So nonchalant I bet you get what you want
But so do I and I ain’t losing’ today

Well your hips were swinging
And your jeans were clinging
You were driving me out of my mind
On a hot afternoon when there’s nothin’ to do
You’re not the sort of thing a fellow should find

So I pulled on over, you tossed your hair off your shoulder
As you turned and looked my way
Oh you would have died or you’d have skinned me alive
If I’d said what I wanted to say
So, being polite, said “What you doin’ tonight?”
You said “Just so happens I’m free.”
You got all the right curves and all the right words
And that’s alright by me.

Oh, Carol, you got me eatin’ my heart away
You got me countin’ my nights and days
Oh, I’m floating on the Milky Way
Oh, Carol, nobody’s done it before
Oh, baby, you’ve opened the door
Oh, Carol, you can do it some more

Well, if you’re ready for this
When we started to kiss
She said “Hold on a minute or two.”
Well, nat’rally I knew it couldn’t be me
I said “Oh, baby, what’s troublin’ you?”
She said “I’m not sixteen, if you know what I mean.”
So we sat and talked for a while
And when we finally kissed, you know she didn’t resist
And I must say she did it with style

Oh, Carol, you got me eatin’ my heart away
You got me countin’ my nights and days
Oh, I’m floating on the Milky Way
Oh, Carol, nobody’s done it before
Oh, baby, you’ve opened the door
Oh, Carol, you can do it some more
All right!

Well, I was out cruisin’, gettin’ late
And I was losin’ when I saw you walkin’ my way
So nonchalant I bet you get what you want
But so do I and I ain’t losing’ today

Oh, Carol, you got me eatin’ my heart away
You got me countin’ my nights and days
Oh, I’m floating on the Milky Way
Oh, Carol, nobody’s done it before
Oh, baby, you’ve opened the door
Oh, Carol, you can do it some more

Oh, Carol, you got me eatin’ my heart away
You got me countin’ my nights and days
Oh, I’m floating on the Milky Way
Oh, Carol, nobody’s done it before
Oh, baby, you’ve opened the door
Oh, Carol, you can do it some more

Oh, Carol, baby, you can do it some more
Oh, Carol, baby, you can do it some more

Checkout this concert from ’92-ish.

This is Peter Pan, signing out until next time…

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