"The Leader Of The Pack" as written by and George/greenwich Morton....
Mm--"Is she really going out with him?
"Well, there she is, Let's ask her"
"Betty, is that Jimmy's ring you're wearing?"
"Mm-hm"
"Gee, it must be great riding with him"
"Is he picking you up after school today?"
"Mm-mm"
"By the way, where did you meet him?"

"I met him at the candy store
He turned around and smiled at me
You get the picture
"Yes, we see"
That's when I fell for the leader of the pack

My folks were always putting him down
They said he came from the wrong side of town
They told me he was bad but I knew he was sad
That's why I fell for the leader of the pack

One day my dad said find someone new
I had to tell my Jimmy we're through
He stood there and asked me why, but all I could do was cry
I'm sorry I hurt you, the leader of the pack

Do do
He sort of smiled and kissed me good bye
The tears were beginning to show
As he drove away on that rainy night,
I begged him to go slow, whether he heard,
I'll never know Look out! Look out! Look out!

I felt so helpless, what could I do
Remembering all the things we'd been through?
In school they all stop and stare
I can't hide the tears, but I don't care
I'll never forget him, the leader of the pack

Ooh, the leader of the pack now he's gone
the leader of the pack now he's gone
the leader of the pack now he's gone


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"Leader of the Pack" as written by Ellie Greenwich Jeff Barry

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, CARLIN AMERICA INC

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    General Comment The words are self explanitory. A girl falls in love with her "backstreet" guy. Her parents don't approve of him and she has to breakup with him. After she tells him he leaves and before he could watch out like she says he crashes. At school everyone looks at her and she cries because he's gone. That's it. It's pretty sweet when you think about it
    PoeticStarron August 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. Yes it is a very straight forward song. No hidden meanings here.
    kmk_natashaon December 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt was incredibly contoversial when it was first released. The BBC refused to play it on Top of the Pops even when it was number one. They did not want anyone imitating the leader of the pack and killing themselves. Another Song "Terry" also dwelt on the same theme.
    The opening of the song is very clever and the presentation is very effective and as PoeticStarr says it is a straightforward narrative.
    user1951on March 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song depressed me when I first heard it... the mental image it planted in my head was without a doubt dejecting. I'm actually not sure why I like it, but I do. I always laugh to myself when I think of how much my mother hates this song.
    I couldn't stand Twisted Sister's cover of this song though...The way they altered the lyrics so that it was the boy telling the story and the girl kills herself...Ugh...
    johnsonator357on August 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdepressing, but definately worth listening to (if you like that sort of thing...)
    PrEsLeYsBiGsIsTaon April 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJimmy doesn't kill himself in this song, it's a rainy night and he has a motorcycle accident.

    I love Mary's voice when she sings the first line.
    khoveron April 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhat are the back-up lyrics when she sings "they said he came from the wrong side of town" and "I had to tell my jimmy we're through"?
    It sounds something like "what do you mean when you say he comes from the wrong side of town?"
    khoveron April 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI feel like maybe it's not as straight-forward as it seems at first glance. The question in my mind is this--did he crash deliberately, or did he crash by accident? She says, "The tears were beginning to show. On this rainy night, I begged him to go slow, but if he heard me, I'll never know..." That makes me think maybe it wasn't an accident in the conventional sense of the word. He was upset, driving, she'd just rejected him because he was a back street boy...from the wrong side of town... maybe I'm reading too much into this, but that's always been my curiosity.
    Maaryahnaon November 28, 2012   Link
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    General Commentdon't ride your bike fast in the rain just after your girl dumps you
    sdz896542on January 15, 2016   Link

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