Pack Up

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"Pack Up"
Eliza Doolittle Pack Up.jpg
Single by Eliza Doolittle
from the album Eliza Doolittle
B-side "I'll Be Your Pillow", "Skinny Genes" (Unplugged)
Released 5 July 2010
Format Digital download
Length 3:11
Label Parlophone
  • Tim Woodcock
  • Eliza Doolittle
  • Felix Powell
  • George Asaf
  • Matt Prime
Producer(s) Matt Prime
Eliza Doolittle singles chronology
"Skinny Genes"
"Pack Up"
"Skinny Genes"
"Pack Up"

"Pack Up" is the second single by British recording artist Eliza Doolittle, taken from her debut album, Eliza Doolittle. It was released on 5 July 2010. The song lyrics contain the title of the 1915 song "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag". Lloyd Wade sings the main hook with Doolittle. The single was Doolittle's debut in most European counties.

Critical reception[edit]

The song received positive reviews, with the song being praised for its lyrics and its catchiness. Nick Levine of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review stating: "Quirky? You betcha, but the result is also a lovely summery pop song - just one of many lovely summery pop songs on Doolittle's upcoming album."[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot in Jamaica.[citation needed] It starts with the singer being ejected from a passing truck, apparently inside a suitcase. The video then depicts Doolittle travelling to different places within a Jamaican town by bus and motorbike. The video ends with her sitting in a dinghy, near the beach, after throwing a suitcase (containing a transistor radio) into the sea (an interpretation of the lyric "pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and bury them beneath the sea").

In the video the Lloyd Wade "pack up" main hook line appears to be voiced by the bass player in a dance band piano, drum and bass combo, entertaining a lively crowd in a local dance hall.

Track listings[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Pack Up" 3:11
2. "I'll Be Your Pillow" 2:38
3. "Skinny Genes" (Unplugged) 3:05

Chart performance[edit]

"Pack Up" debuted on the Irish Singles Chart at number 15 on 9 July 2010, marking Doolittle's first top 40 hit in that country. The following week the single rose a single place to number 14 and later peaked at number 6.

The single also debuted on the UK Singles Chart on 11 July 2010 at number 12, beating previous single's "Skinny Genes" peak of number 22, the next week it climbed to number 8 making it her first top 10 hit. On the third week in the UK Singles Chart, the single rose to number 5.

It was also used on Hollyoaks in 2010 as shown as a tribute video to Steph Cunningham.


Weekly charts[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

In early 2011, the song has featured on British television in the advertisement for Kinder Surprise.[23] The song is also used in a Brazilian soap opera called Insensato Coração and it is included on the soap opera's soundtrack. It was featured on the season 2 premiere of "Mob Wives". It was also played in the background of Cher Lloyd's audition on The X Factor UK in 2010. It was also used in the closing credits to the last live edition of ITV's coverage of the 2010 Tour De France.

Release information[edit]

Country Release date Format
United Kingdom 5 July 2010 Digital download


  1. ^ Nick Levine (5 July 2010). "Eliza Doolittle: 'Pack Up'". Digital Spy. 
  2. ^ "Chartifacts - Week Commencing: 6th December 2010". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 15 December 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  3. ^ " – Eliza Doolittle – Pack Up" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  4. ^ " – Eliza Doolittle – Pack Up" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  5. ^ " – Eliza Doolittle – Pack Up" (in French).  Ultratop Airplay.
  6. ^ " – Eliza Doolittle – Pack Up" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ " – Eliza Doolittle – Pack Up" (in French). Ultratip.
  8. ^ " – Eliza Doolittle – Pack Up" (in French).  Ultratop Airplay.
  9. ^ " – Eliza Doolittle – Pack Up". Tracklisten.
  10. ^ "Billboard - Music Charts, Music News, Artist Photo Gallery & Free Video". Billboard. 
  11. ^ "Eliza Doolittle: Pack Up" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  12. ^ " – Eliza Doolittle Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ German Airplay Chart, Retrieved on 2011-06-03
  14. ^ "Chart Track: Week 29, 2010". Irish Singles Chart.
  15. ^ " – Eliza Doolittle – Pack Up". Top Digital Download.
  16. ^ " – Eliza Doolittle – Pack Up" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  17. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-07-24". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  18. ^ " – Eliza Doolittle – Pack Up". Swiss Singles Chart.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-07-31" UK Singles Chart.
  20. ^ " - Dutch charts portal". (in Dutch). Hung Medien / Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  21. ^ "2010 Year-end UK Singles". BBC (BBC Online). 26 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  22. ^ "British single certifications – Eliza Doolittle – Pack Up". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Pack Up in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  23. ^ Video on YouTube

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