Better Find Another Girl

If you take your girlfriend for granted, don’t be surprised when she dumps you.  If you have ever been dumped by a girl, you will be able to relate to this song and you will know what he means.  ‘Do You Know What I Mean’ was written and performed by Lee Michaels and it became his biggest hit reaching #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the Cash Box Top 100 in the summer of 1971.  Michaels said that he wrote it at 5:00 a.m. in the morning, and that it doesn’t mean anything to him. The lyrics tell a tale about a guy losing his lover to his best friend, which makes him confused as he has a hard time believing that this happened.  It contains humor that can make you smirk along with chaos that creates a confusion.  This song has a universal concept where a guy gets his heart broken.  He talks like a surfer dude and it is easy to picture Jeff Spicoli, the Sean Penn character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High getting dumped as Lee Michaels sings this song.  Lee Michaels had one other top 40 hit with his cover of ‘Can I Get a Witness’ that got to number #39, thus qualifying him as the quintessential one-hit wonder.

He knows it’s been forty days ever since the last time that they were together, but he doesn’t know when their relationship problems started.  He just saw her yesterday and she was with his best friend Bobby, this caused him to get tongue-tied and he didn’t have anything to say about her being with someone else.  This goofy character asked his girl if she still cared, but she didn’t hear him, she just stared.  Then she says, “Lee you haven’t loved me in nearly four years, you haven’t noticed that I held back my tears, and now you have, but it’s really too late, so you better find yourself another girl.  It is easy to assume that they were living together as she says that he, “Better find uh, another place”, then she leaves him and he has nothing to say.  He doesn’t scream or cry, because he knows that he is not under duress, it is just time for him to move on.  “She’s a dandy, but now she’s free”, can probably be interpreted as him deciding to let her go, making this a feel-good song about losing his girlfriend.  “I just saw her, learn how to stay”, could mean that he thinks that she is going to stay with Bobby.

This song contains a simple melody that is defined by Michaels’ classic overlaid keyboard overdubs, including harpsichord and pipe organ.  The best part of this song is the memorable soulful vocal ‘Hoooo, help…me’, that he was able to improvise at the end of the song, as this guy really does need help.  The unique energetic virtuosity that Michaels plays on the Hammond organ adds to the song’s appeal, making it musically different by powering this song with this near-hypnotic repetition of the organ riff.  There is a really cool drum part and the occasional overdub of piano and harpsichord, but overall the record is virtually an organ orgy.  Lee Michaels recorded and performed with just one other musician, a powerhouse drummer by the name of “Frosty” (Bartholomew Eugene Smith-Frost).  The compact sounds that they produced were amazing for a two person ensemble.  Although Michaels is a multi-talented instrumentalist, the organ dominates this recording.

Been forty days since I don’t know when
I just saw her with my best friend
Do you know what I mean?
Do you know, know what I mean?

I just saw her yesterday
I just saw her, asked her to stay
Do you know what I mean?
Lord, do you know what I mean?

Her and Bobby were steppin’ out
Her and Bobby didn’t know I found out
Do you know what I mean?
Do you know, know what I mean?

So I asked her if she still cared
She didn’t hear me, she just stared
Do you know what I mean?
Lord, do you know what I mean?

And then she said
Lee you haven’t loved me in nearly four years
You haven’t noticed that I held back my tears
And now you have, but it’s really too late
Better find yourself another girl
Better find another girl
Better find uh, another place

She just left me yesterday
She just left me, had nothing to say
Do you know what I mean?
Oh, do you know what I mean?

She’s a dandy, yes indeed
She’s a dandy, but now she’s free
Do you know what I mean?
Lord, do you know what I mean?

Been forty days since I don’t know when
I just saw her with my best friend
Do you know what I mean?
Lord, do you know what I mean?

I just saw her yesterday
I just saw her, learn how to stay
Do you know what I mean?
Lord, Do you know what I mean?

Yeah, here comes it now…

Hoooo, help…me

Written for Daily Addictions prompt – Improvise, for FOWC with Fandango – Compact, for Ragtag Community – Smirk and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Duress.

7 thoughts on “Better Find Another Girl

    1. I usually pick a song and write about it and then I look at the prompts and try to fit some of them into what I wrote about. Your prompts are usually very conducive for me to work with. Tomorrow I am doing The Youngblood’s song ‘Get Together’, so if you can think this over before you put your prompt out, that will be much appreciated.

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      1. I actually write my prompts a week or two in advance and don’t look at it once I save it until the day it’s scheduled to post, so that I’ll be as surprised that day as everyone else. But I’ve no doubt that you’ll be able to incorporate whatever tomorrow’s is into your Youngblood’s post. Good choice, by the way.

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