The Dean and I
|"The Dean and I"|
|Single by 10cc|
|from the album 10cc|
|B-side||"Bee in My Bonnet "|
|Length||2:46 (single version)
3:03 (album version)
|10cc singles chronology|
"The Dean and I" is a song by the art rock/pop band 10cc, from their 1973 eponymous debut album, written by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. The song was released as the third single from the album in August 1973 and peaked at No. 10 on the UK Singles Chart, making it the lowest of the singles from the album which charted in their own right. The single reached the top of the Irish Singles Chart on 20 September 1973.
The album version of the song is slightly longer than the single version. Most of the material cut for the single release is from the introduction where the lyric on the album "Humdrum days and a humdrum ways" is sung repeatedly. The single version of the song can be found on the compilation Greatest Hits ... And More (2006)
The song is written from the perspective of an American father telling his children about how he met and fell in love with their mother, with the first real line of the song being "Hey, kids, let me tell you how I met your mom. We were dancing and romancing at the senior prom". The epic poem Paradise Lost by John Milton is mentioned in the lyrics. The later part of the lyric tackles the grim realities of middle-aged married life "...when the paint is peeling, and all the chips are down..."
The song is a parody of 1960s commercial pop music, notably of the Beach Boys where the line "And then I kissed her" is sung in a style similar to the band's 1967 hit single "Then I Kissed Her". "High School Confidential" by Jerry Lee Lewis was said to be an inspiration for part of this song.
A notable 1974 performance of the song appears on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. The audio portion of a vintage mini-documentary chronicling the recording of the song in the studio was included in the limited edition 10cc box set "Tenology" in 2012.
The single released in Germany featured an alternative picture sleeve with the "balloons and bomb" logo which had been used for the album.
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|Irish IRMA number-one single
20 September 1973
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- 10cc performing "The Dean and I" on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert on YouTube
- Graham Gouldman and Friends performing "The Dean and I" on YouTube
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