Sloopy Hang On

Sloopy lives in a very bad part of town and everybody there tries to put my Sloopy down. I always wondered what Sloopy was hanging on to, but I knew that when she lets her hair down, that she could really shake it.  My best guess is that Sloopy is a prostitute wearing a red dress simular to the one that Roxanne wears and her specialty is the girl on top position, so she is required to hang on.  When Sloopy lets her hair hang down, she is allowing herself to enjoy the sex, because she is behaving much more freely than most normal people.

‘Hang On Sloopy’ was originally written by Bert Berns and Wes Farrell, and it was recorded by the R&B group The Vibrations as ‘My Girl Sloopy’ in 1964.  The Rolling Stones played this song for a while.  The name Sloopy most likely came from Dorothy Sloop, who was a jazz singer and jazz pianist in the ‘30s and ‘40s, and she became the inspiration because she used the name Sloopy.  Many people thought that this song was ‘Hang on Snoopy’ from the Peanuts Comic Strip, while others misheard the lyrics as being ‘Hang on Soupy’, because Soupy Sales was very popular comedian at this time.

The Strangeloves a Brooklyn based production team that included Richard Gottehrer, Jerry Goldstein and Bob Feldman were playing ‘My Girl Sloopy’, but Berns wanted them to find a group of kids who looked like the Beatles to record what would be retitled as ‘Hang On Sloopy’ and that is when singer and guitarist Rick Derringer burst onto the rock scene as the leader of the McCoys.  Richard Zehringer later became known as Rick Derringer, and his brother Randy who was later known as Randy Z played drums, and Dennis Kelly played bass guitar.  This first line-up was known as ‘The Rick Z Combo’, and later known as ‘Rick and the Raiders’.  When Kelly left for college, the Zehringers were joined by bassist Randy Jo Hobbs, saxophonist Sean Michaels, and keyboardist Ronnie Brandon.  This was the line-up that took the name of ‘The’McCoys’.  Brandon left the group in 1965 and was replaced by Bobby Peterson on keyboards.

‘Hang on Snoopy’ is a shorter version of ‘My Girl Sloopy’ missing some of the lyrics.  The beautiful, smoking hot dancing girl in the video is Liz Brewer, a groupie who hung with many rock legends like Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones.

Hang on, Sloopy
Sloopy, hang on
Hang on, Sloopy
Sloopy, hang on
Sloopy lives in a very bad part of town (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
And everybody, yeah, tries to put my Sloopy down (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Sloopy, I don’t care what your daddy do (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
‘Cause you know, Sloopy, girl, I’m in love with you (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
And so I sing out
Hang on, Sloopy
Sloopy, hang on
Hang on, Sloopy
Sloopy, hang on
Sloopy wears a red dress, yeah, as old as the hills (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
But when Sloopy wears that red dress, yeah, you know, it gives me the chills, oh, oh (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Sloopy, when I see you walking, walking down the street (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
I say, “Don’t worry, Sloopy, girl, you belong to me” (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
And so I sing out
Hang on, Sloopy
Sloopy, hang on Hang on, Sloopy
Sloopy, hang on Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Give it to ‘em right now
Sloopy, let your hair down, girl
Let it hang down on me (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Sloopy, let your hair down, girl
Let it hang down on me, yeah, yeah (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Come on, Sloopy (Come on, come on)
Well, come on, Sloopy (Come on, come on)
Well, come on, Sloopy (Come on, come on)
Well, come on, Sloopy (Come on, come on)
Well, it feels so good (Come on, come on)
You know, it feels so good (Come on, come on)
Well, shake it, shake it, shake it,
Sloopy (Come on, come on)
Well, shake it, shake it, shake it, yeah (Come on, come on)
Oh
Hang on, Sloopy
Sloopy, hang on
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Hang on, Sloopy
Sloopy, hang on
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Hang on, Sloopy
Sloopy, hang on

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