Lyrically Evocative (12)

This song has featured on this blog before, but I feel that the lyrics need their own tribute too.
I was only about 14 years old when I first heard a lovely song from the American group, The Lovin’ Spoonful. As well as the distinctive vocals of John Sebastian, I just loved the way the song progressed, and how it was constructed. But most of all, I adored the lyrics. Lines like ‘It makes you feel happy like an old-time movie’ resonated with me, even at that age, and I really got what the song was trying to say. Sebastian wrote the song, and you can hear the heart that he put into it, in every line. John knew what it felt like to be young and free, and told us how to feel it too.

Here are those lyrics.

Do you believe in magic in a young girl’s heart
How the music can free her, whenever it starts
And it’s magic, if the music is groovy
It makes you feel happy like an old-time movie
I’ll tell you about the magic, and it’ll free your soul
But it’s like trying to tell a stranger ’bout rock and roll
If you believe in magic don’t bother to choose
If it’s jug band music or rhythm and blues
Just go and listen it’ll start with a smile
It won’t wipe off your face no matter how hard you try
Your feet start tapping and you can’t seem to find
How you got there, so just blow your mind
If you believe in magic, come along with me
We’ll dance until morning ’til there’s just you and me
And maybe, if the music is right
I’ll meet you tomorrow, sort of late at night
And we’ll go dancing, baby, then you’ll see
How the magic’s in the music and the music’s in me
Yeah, do you believe in magic
Yeah, believe in the magic of a young girl’s soul
Believe in the magic of rock and roll
Believe in the magic that can set you free
Ohh, talking ’bout magic
Do you believe like I believe (Do you believe in magic)
Do you believe like I believe (Do you believe, believer)
Do you believe like I believe (Do you believe in magic)
Songwriters: John Sebastian

And here they are, singing the song.

35 thoughts on “Lyrically Evocative (12)

  1. There is probably no other singing group that takes me soundly back in time than this one, with maybe the exception of the Mamas and the Papas, Cass Eliot especially. Thanks for another happy memory.

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