Strolling along minding my own business
Well there goes a girl and a half
She's got me going up and down
She's got me going up and down

Walking on the beaches looking at the peaches

Well I got the notion girl that you got some suntan lotion in that bottle of yours
Spread it all over my peelin' skin, baby
That feels real good
All this skirt lappin' up the sun
Lap me up
Why don't you come on and lap me up?

Walking on the beaches looking at the peaches

Well, there goes another one just lying down on the sand dunes
I'd better go take a swim and see if I can cool down a little bit
'Cause you and me, woman
We got a lotta things on our minds (you know what I mean)

Walking on the beaches looking at the peaches

Will you just take a look over there (where?) (there)
Is she tryin' to get outta that Clitares?
Liberation for women
That's what I preach (preacher man)

Walking on the beaches looking at the peaches

Oh shit!
There goes the charabang
Looks like I'm gonna be stuck here the whole summer
Well, what a bummer
I can think of a lot worse places to be
Like down in the streets
Or down in the sewer
Or even on the end of a skewer

Down on the beaches, just looking at the peaches
Down on the beaches, just looking at brown bodies
Down on the beaches, just looking at all the shot glasses
Down on the beaches, just looking at all the peaches
Down on the beaches, just looking at all the peaches
Down on the beaches, just looking at all the peaches
Down on the beaches
Mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm
Mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm
Mmm-hmm
Mmm-hmm
Mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm


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"Peaches" as written by David Greenfield Brian John Duffy

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  • +2
    General CommentAs an American person, I would like to mention something I had to look up: it's spelled "charabanc" but pronounced "charabang," and it's basically a sightseeing/tourist bus, open-air, kind of like a trolley.

    He's basically joking that he'll have to stay at the beach (with the women) all summer because the tour bus has left without him.
    Dubious Meriton March 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirstly, I really don't think that she's trying to get out of her clitoris... that really doesn't make sense. The word should be clitares which is a french bathing costime (or so we were told at the time the record came out).
    Wyrmon May 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSecondly, the original 'Radio' version replaced 'clitares' with 'bikini' as they didn't think the general population would understand - and 'bummer' with 'summer' just in case. Though UK radio played both versions.
    Wyrmon May 15, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Peaches" was controversial because of its anarchist, non-conformist, "sexual" content, primarily aimed at shaking up the establishment and poking the eye of the new politically correct punk movement. The song's narrator is girl-watching on a crowded beach one hot summer day. It is never made clear if his lascivious thoughts (such as "there goes a girl and a half") are an interior monologue, comments to his mates, or come-on lines to the attractive women in question. Critic Tom Maginnis writes that Hugh Cornwell sings with "a lecherous sneer, the sexual tension is so unrelenting as to spill into macho parody or even censor-baiting territory".
    This just shows how values change with time. That a song that was rebelling against censorship and macho, misogynistic views of women could become a problem itself. In the past I would not have "got" the parody and taken the song at face value but now in 2018 the misogynistic lyrics make me uncomfortable and I'm a 50+yr old white male who thinks of women as equals.
    Alex1900on June 28, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe quintessential mysoginist theme song
    HazMatadoron April 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's a great song. such a catchy tune. it makes me really happy whenever it plays.
    andrewhambletonon November 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthere we go then! how the hell can a lyric about a young man walking along a beach and having fantasies about the various women he sees be misogynistic? do you actually know the meaning of the word mysoginist, HazMatador, or is it a phrase you remember from some crappy music mag?
    Boss Manon July 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a really great british song
    jabba1110on June 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey wyrm. It makes sense to me. He say's "liberation for women, thats what I preach". In otherwords women liberated of ALL their clothes. I guess he'd prefer the beach to be a nude beach. Ha ha.
    skacore_dudeon July 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell I think this song is about raisins...They used to be fat and juicy and now they're twisted. They had their lives stolen. Well, they taste sweet, but really they're just humiliated grapes.
    Personally, I can't say I am a big supporter of the raisin council...
    dimpleson December 18, 2006   Link

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