Young Girl (song)

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"Young Girl"
1968 45rpm record label
Single by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
from the album Young Girl
B-side "I'm Losing You"
Released March 1968
Format 7", 45rpm
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:06
Label Columbia Records 44450
Writer(s) Jerry Fuller[1]
Producer(s) Jerry Fuller[1]
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap singles chronology
"Woman, Woman"
"Young Girl"
"Lady Willpower"

"Young Girl" was a song written by Jerry Fuller, performed by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, and released in 1968. The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it peaked at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart[1] and the US Cash Box listing.[2]

The song is sung from the point of view of a man who has become distressed upon finding out his lover is under the legal age of consent.

In the UK, the recording enjoyed a second chart run in 1974, when it peaked at No. 6.

Gary Lewis and the Playboys released a version of the song on their 1968 album, Gary Lewis Now![3]

Cover versions[edit]

  • ABBA singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad (commonly known as Frida) recorded a Swedish-language version called "Jag är mig själv nu" (with Swedish lyrics by Marie Bergman) on her solo album, Frida Ensam.[4]
  • Claude François, French singer and composer, co-author of "Comme d'habitude"/"My Way," adapted the song in French as "Prends garde petite fille!" ("Young girl, watch out!")
  • Israeli rock band Noar Shulayim recorded a Hebrew-language version called "Layla" ("Night") in 1990.[5]
  • Danny Tanner sang this song in an episode of Full House.
  • In the episode of Glee titled "Ballad," transmitted on November 18, 2009, the song was used in a mash-up with "Don't Stand So Close to Me" by The Police. The lines: "Young girl, get out of my mind / My love for you is way out of line" were changed to "Young girl, you're out of your mind / Your love for me is way out of line."
  • English rapper Plan B makes a reference to the lyrics in his song "Charmaine" on his 2006 album, Who Needs Actions When You Got Words.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 117. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ "Song artist 849 - Gary Puckett & The Union Gap". Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  3. ^ "Gary Lewis Now! - Gary Lewis & the Playboys | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  4. ^ Bruce Eder. "Frida Ensam - Frida | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  5. ^ "Layla" by Noar Shulayim on YouTube Retrieved January 1, 2012
  6. ^ Jo-Ann Greene (2006-06-26). "Who Needs Actions When You Got Words - Plan B | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
Preceded by
"What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
UK number one single
22 May 1968 for 4 weeks
Succeeded by
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" by Rolling Stones
Preceded by
by The Monkees
Cash Box Top 100 singles
13 April 1968
Succeeded by
by Bobby Goldsboro