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The Go-Betweens – Bachelor Kisses


The Go-Betweens – Bachelor Kisses
1984, Sire
mp3/ RS

Don’t believe what you’ve heard. Faithful’s not a bad word.

One of Grant McLennan’s greatest moments. One of modern music’s greatest moments!

An ostensibly simple song where a sumptuous melody wraps around beautiful, minimalist, plaintiff, ambiguous poetry.

I’ve played this track thousands of times down the years and it’s profound beauty never ever diminishes!

Spring Hill FairThis song was recorded in 1984 for the great Spring Hill Fair LP and released as a single in August 1984.

Spring Hill Fair was one of the first GB’s albums I came across way back in the day. My pal Kev, who had wonderfully eclectic music taste, was gushing about the LP and in particular this fine track. He popped it onto a cassette – yap, real high tech times! – and I played it so much, the f*cking thing eventually fell apart!

Below is the original video of the song.


by BooBooGBs


Hey wait, please wait,
Don’t rush off,
You won’t be late.
Wait, yes, he’ll wait,
The engine’s running
At the gate.

Don’t believe what you’ve heard,
Faithful’s not a bad word.

Oh, won’t you save these bachelor
kisses now, they’re for your brow.
Oh, won’t you save these bachelor
kisses now, they’re for your brow.

Hand, hands like hooks,
You’ll get hurt
If you play with crooks.
Your hand, that’s all he took,
The world opened up
For your looks.

Don’t believe what you’ve heard,
Faithful’s not a bad word.

Oh, won’t you save these bachelor
kisses now, they’re for your brow.
Oh, won’t you save these bachelor
kisses now, they’re for your brow.

The arcade lights are hanging down.
The rain surrenders to the town.
The world of men don’t mean a thing
When all they give you is a diamond ring.

Don’t believe what you’ve heard,
Faithful’s not a bad word.

Oh, won’t you save these bachelor
kisses now, they’re for your brow.
Oh, won’t you save these bachelor
kisses now, they’re for your brow.

But don’t be slave to bachelor
kisses now, they’ll break their vow.
But don’t be slave to bachelor
kisses now, they’ll break their vow.

– Grant McLennan


The Go-Betweens – Bachelor Kisses
1984, Sire


Side One:
Bachelor Kisses

Side Two:
Rare Breed

Released as 7″ and 12″ (with Unkind and Unwise (instrumental) ) vinyl single in August 1984: UK 7″: Sire W 9156

Here she be!

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March 7, 2009 - Posted by | Go-Betweens, Grant McLennan, Music_Alternative, Robert Forster, _MUSIC, _PHOTOGRAPHY, _POETRY, _VIDEO

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