You Better Sit Down Kids

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"You Better Sit Down Kids"
Single by Cher
from the album With Love, Cher
B-side "Mama (When My Dollies Have Babies)"
alternate "Elusive Butterfly"
Released 1967
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1966
Genre Pop
Length 3:42
Label Imperial
Writer(s) Sonny Bono
Producer(s) Sonny Bono
Certification Gold (US)
Cher singles chronology
"Hey Joe"
"You Better Sit Down Kids"
"The Click Song"
Alternative covers
Norwegian Single
German Single

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"You Better Sit Down Kids'" is a major hit single release by American singer/actress Cher in 1967. The song was written by her then-husband, Sonny Bono, and reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and in Canada #7.[1]

The song dealt with divorce, a somewhat taboo subject in the 1960s, and garnered much attention in the media.[citation needed]. Despite being sung by a female singer the lyrics identify the singer as a father advising his children that he and their mother are separating. Also, at the end of the song, the wild, fast sounds of a jazz saxophone playing were reminiscent of a Spike Jones recording, suggesting the fussing that the kids would be doing as a result of the separation and the divorce of the couple.

Along with the likes of "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" and "Where Do You Go" this song was one of many solo hits for Cher in the 1960s to be written by Bono and it became Cher's second solo top ten of the decade. Along with the Sonny & Cher hit "The Beat Goes On," this was a temporary comeback to the U.S. top ten for Cher and neither she nor the duo would reach those heights again until 1971.

Singer Roy Drusky brought the song to country music audiences in 1968. His version peaked at #28, spending 10 weeks on the Billboard country chart.

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap also released a version of the song on their 1968 album, Woman, Woman.[2]

Toward the end of Sonny & Cher touring together, Sonny Bono performed You Better Sit Down Kids live in 1973. A studio version with Sonny on lead vocals is available on "All I Ever Need: The Kapp/MCA Anthology".

Allmusic wrote a favorable review "she keeps the gender in place when doing the answer part, ambiguity à la "You'd Better Sit Down Kids" and called it "tremendous performance."[3]


  1. ^ Cher's song chart entries Retrieved September 28, 2011
  2. ^ Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Woman, Woman Retrieved September 28, 2011
  3. ^ Joe Viglione. "Review from Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 

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