Wednesday, September 15, 2021

"Young Girl" (1968): Teen Tries to Trick Man into Sexual Affair

"Young Girl" (1968) was written by Jerry Fuller and performed by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap. 
The song is about a man who was distraught after he discovered that the age of his love interest is below the age of consent. In an attempt to fight off the allure of a nymphet, he sang. Let's take a look at the song's lyrics:
In the chorus, the man shares that the nymphet has consumed his mind, he confesses his love for the teen, and adjures her to run away.
Young girl, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run, girl
You're much too young, girl
I would imagine that the charms he's referring to in the first verse are in reference to the nymphets charisma and her nubile body. The man is hurt by the news that, as determined by age-of-consent laws, his lover is too young. The song's setting is unclear, but imagine his pain if he discovered that his lover were 16, but he lived in Manhattan, where the age-of-consent is 17, instead of across the Hudson in New Jersey. And best believe, if the nymphet would have told the authorities that she did not lie about her age, she would have been believed. And as for the man? #rhetoricalquestion
With all the charms of a woman
You've kept the secret of your youth
You led me to believe
You're old enough
To give me love
And now it hurts to know the truth
Despite the plethora of evidence from fiction and non-fiction, most people will not (openly) admit that a nymphet would seduce a(n) (much) older man. As a matter of fact, most people openly opine that teens are incapable of seducing men.
Beneath your perfume and make-up
You're just a baby in disguise
And though you know
That it's wrong to be
Alone with me
That come on look is in your eyes
Here the man is expressing his difficulty with resisting the allure of a nymphet, because, despite the fact that their age-gap affair is consensual, he could get into a ton of trouble with the authorities while the young girl would be assumed innocent with no need to prove guilt. 
So hurry home to your mama
I'm sure she wonders where you are
Get out of here
Before I have the time
To change my mind
'Cause I'm afraid we'll go too far
Lastly, per the song's Wikipedia page:
  • "Young Girl" is a Gold-certified single
  • The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100
  • And "Young Girl" reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart

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