A Girl Like You ~ The Smithereens

The Smithereens were a New Jersey band known for writing and playing catchy 1960s-influenced power pop. They were formed in 1980, but their first hit, Blood and Roses didn’t make it until 1986.

While they got much of their influence from earlier bands such as The Byrds, The Beattles, The Who, The Clash, and other such bands, they are also responsible for being the influence for other artists and bands such as Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. Ironically, the rise of such “grunge bands” pretty much spelled the end for The Smithereens, and the band disbanded in 1996.

They have gotten together for a few recent gigs and expect to have a new album out in early 2008.

A Girl Like You


I used to travel in the shadows
And I never found the nerve to try and walk up to you
But now I am a man and I know that there’s no time to waste
There’s too much to lose

Girl you say anything at all, and you know that you can call
And I’ll be right there for you
First love, heartbreak, tough luck, big mistake
What else can you do

I’ll say anything you want to hear
I’ll see everything through
I’ll do anything I have to do
Just to win the love of a girl like you, a girl like you

People talk and people stare, tell them I don’t really care
This is the place I should be
And if they think it’s really straange for a girl like you
To be in love with someone like me

I wanna tell them all to go to hell
That we’re doing very well without them you see
That’s just the way it is and they will see
I am yours and you are mine the way it should be


Now if I seem a little wild, there’s no holding back
I’m trying to get a message to you
I won’t take anything from anyone
I won’t walk and I won’t run, I believe in you

London, Washington, anywhere you are I’ll run
Together we’ll be
Inside, outside, got my pride
I won’t let him take you from me



About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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