"Young Girl Blues" as written by and Donovan Leitch....
It's Saturday night, it feels like a Sunday in some ways
If you had any sense, you'd maybe go away for a few days
Be that as it may, you can only say you are lonely
You are but a young girl working your way through the phonies

Cafe on, milk gone, such a sad light and fading.
Yourself you touch, but not too much.
You hear it's degrading.

The flowers on your stockings wilting away in the midnight
The book you are reading is someone's opinion of moonlight
Your skin is so white, you'd like maybe to go to bed soon
Just closing your eyes if you're to rise up before noon

High heels, car wheels, all the losers are groovin'
Your dream, strange scene, images are movin'

Your friends they are making a pop star or two every evening
You know that scene backwards, they can't see the patterns they're weaving
Your friends they're all models but you soon got over that one
You sit in your one room a little brought down in London

Cafe on, milk gone, such a sad light and fading.
Yourself you touch, but not too much.
You hear it's degrading.

It's Saturday night, it feels like a Sunday in some ways
If you had any sense, you'd maybe go away for a few days
Be that as it may, you can only say you are lonely
You are but a young girl working your way through the phonies.


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"Young Girl Blues" as written by Donovan Leitch

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    General CommentYet another song about Linda Lawrence, who was at this time, I believe, in California (maybe New York) pursuing a modelling career (Brian Jones Jr. back in Britain with her parents) because she wanted to be independent.

    P.S. can anyone figure out the chords?
    j.justiceon February 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't know the actual story behind the song, but there's so much to be interpreted.

    To me this song speaks of an empty existence, fueled by drugs and suchlike.
    When he says "You hear it's degrading" I don't think this means humiliation degrading, more degrading like milk degrading, makes for a lower quality product. Because this girl is thought of (and thinks of herself) as a product, not a human with a soul.

    This is my favorite Donovan song ever.
    MistyMadnesson February 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMarianne Faithfull did a cover of this song.
    and i know she didn't write the lyrics but when she sings this song in first person it's as if he wrote the song for or about her and the scene and the people in the scene that she was surrounded by (sixties london).
    Marianne became a drug addict living in the streets in the 70's but started to become so in the late 60's.

    Yourself you touch, but not too much,
    You hear it�s degrading.
    - She grew up religious but is a bisexual and par took in various sexual activities, yet felt a betrayal to her caatholic upbringing.

    Your friends, they are making a popstar or two every evening. -the musician scene, where every second person tends to have their 15 minutes of fame.
    You know that scene backwards, they can�t see the patterns they�re weaving.- Marianne was sick of the scene, noticed the roads that people took during their time in the scene. like a circle/pattern.
    Your friends, they are models, but you soon got over that one. -the beautiful women, anita pallenberg. Marianne was conscious yet sucked her insecurities up and got over it.
    You sit in your one room, a little brought down in London. - she was a really lonely person and spent a lot of time in various small london apartments.

    I feel that the song is about being a drug addict in a typical musicians scene.

    If you have read Marianne's biography 'Faithfull' you will understand this song, utterly and completely.

    anaivyon July 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentGreat song. According to Donovan's autobiography, "'Young Girl Blues' is [Linda Lawrence's] disillusionment as a model in Los Angeles." So I guess that's settled.

    But boy howdy, as Anaivy noted, Marianne Faithfull covered YGB with such a delicate yet bleak knowingness, she made it her own. Donovan might as well have written it for her.

    Not without reason, people tend to dismiss Donovan as a hippie minstrel, but he could write with keen insight as well. This is one of his best.

    By all means, look up the Marianne Faithfull version.
    LuckyTownon September 11, 2014   Link

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