Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Elton John's "All the Young Girls Love Alice": Young Girls & Married Women Love a Nymphet


Jo, the 14-year-old protagonist in Walbert's novella His Favorites, sunbathed on the roof: [...] so that our faces were a little tanned, mostly burned--a look we [ironically] loved [...]" before she listened to Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road "[...] especially "All the Young Girls Love Alice [...]" while drinking "vodka or gin' and orange juice. Jo particularly like the lyrics "tender young Alice, they say."

Per Song Facts, Elton John, stating the obvious, stated that "All the Young Girls Love Alice" is, "[...] about a young girl who gets seduced by the naughty ladies."

In the song, a married woman begs 16-year-old Alice to come over, because it's her turn, but she warns Alice to wait until her husband is away. 

The songs relates that all the young girls love Alice. Consequently, Alice gets her kicks in another girl's bed.

And before she was found dead in the subway, Alice befriended one or two middle-aged dykes in a Soho Go-Go. (Alice and two middle-aged dykes are depicted in the inside album cover art.)

"All the Young Girls Love Alice" 

Raised to be a lady by the golden rule
Alice was the spawn of a public school
With a double-barrel name in the back of her brain
And a simple case of mummy-doesn't-love-me blues
Reality it seems, was just a dream
She couldn't get it on with the boys on the scene
But what do you expect from a chick who's just sixteen?
And hey, hey, hey (hey, hey, hey) you know what I mean
All the young girls love Alice
Tender young Alice, they say
Come over and see me
Come over and please me
Alice, it's my turn today
All the young girls love Alice
Tender young Alice, they say
If I give you my number
Will you promise to call me?
Wait till my husband's away
Poor little darling with a chip out of her heart
It's like acting in a movie when you got the wrong part
Getting your kicks in another girl's bed
And it was only last Tuesday they found you in the subway dead
And who could you call your friends down in Soho?
One or two middle-aged dykes in a Go-Go
And what do you expect from a sixteen year old yo-yo
And hey, hey, hey (hey, hey, hey) oh don't you know?
All the young girls love Alice
Tender young Alice, they say
Come over and see me
Come over and please me
Alice, it's my turn today
All the young girls love Alice
Tender young Alice, they say
If I give you my number
Will you promise to call me?
Wait till my husband's away

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