Come a Little Bit Closer

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"Come a Little Bit Closer"
Jay and the Americans Come a Little Bit Closer Single.jpg
Single by Jay and the Americans
from the album Come a Little Bit Closer
B-side"Goodbye Boys, Goodbye"
ReleasedAugust 1964[1]
LabelUnited Artists
Songwriter(s)Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Wes Farrell
Producer(s)Artie Ripp
Jay and the Americans singles chronology
"Come Dance with Me"
"Come a Little Bit Closer"
"Let's Lock the Door (And Throw Away the Key)"
"Come a Little Bit Closer"
Single by Johnny Duncan and Janie Fricke
from the album Come a Little Bit Closer
B-side"Loneliness (Can Break a Man's Heart)" (Duncan only)
ReleasedOctober 1977
RecordedAugust 1977
Songwriter(s)Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Wes Farrell
Producer(s)Billy Sherrill and Larry Gatlin
Johnny Duncan singles chronology
"A Song in the Night"
"Come a Little Bit Closer"
"She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed (Anytime)"
Janie Fricke singles chronology
"What're You Doing Tonight"
"Come a Little Bit Closer"
"Baby It's You"

"Come a Little Bit Closer" is a song by the 1960s rock and roll band Jay and the Americans. It reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964, making it the band's highest charting single. It remains their most popular song, according to song rankings.[2][3] It also peaked at number 4 on the Cashbox chart and at number 1 on RPM's singles chart. The single served as a comeback for the group, who had not had a hit in some time.[4]

It was written by songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, as well as Wes Farrell, and became Boyce and Hart's first top 10 hit.[5]

Jay and the Americans also recorded a Spanish version of the song, in which, due to a poor translation, the final punch line is missing.[citation needed]

The song is featured in the 2017 film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.[6]


The lyrics tell the story of a young woman who is romantically involved with a man named José, but seduces the narrator with flattering words until he is love-stricken. After they kiss José arrives and the narrator flees, only to hear in the distance as the young woman uses on José the exact same enticing words she told the narrator, suggesting she lures every suitor she meets with the exact same "script".


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  2. ^ Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  3. ^ Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  4. ^ Billboard, September 12, 1964
  5. ^ Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  6. ^ Shepard, Jack (April 19, 2017). "Tracklist for Guardians of the Galaxy's Awesome Mixtape Vol. 2 revealed". The Independent. Retrieved August 27, 2017.