"Elenore" as written by Jim Pons, John Barbata, Al Nichol and Mark Volman....
You got a thing about you
I just can't live without you
I really want you Elenore near me
Your looks intoxicate me
Even though your folks hate me
There's no one like you Elenore really

Elenore gee I think you're swell
And you really do me well
You're my pride and joy et cetera
Elenore can I take the time
To ask you to speak your mind
Tell me that you love me better

I really think you're groovy
Let's go out to a movie
What do ya say now, Elenore can we?
They'll turn the lights way down low
Maybe we won't watch the show
I think I love you, Elenore, love me

Elenore, gee I think you're swell
And you really do me well
You're my pride and joy, et cetera
Elenore, can I take the time
To ask you to speak your mind?
Tell me that you love me better

One more time!

Elenore, gee I think you're swell, ah-hah
Elenore, gee I think you're swell, ah-hah-hah

Lyrics submitted by MayorMenley

"Elenore" as written by Howard Kaylan Al Nichol

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    General CommentIt saddens me to think that some people will simply look at these lyrics without hearing the actual song and even worse not knowing the story behind the song and just see it as fluff that's so cheesy it makes McCartney look like Dylan.

    This song is brilliant satire.

    See to keep the story as short as possible.. The Turtles wanted to start doing more experimental records, because they were inspired by the stuff The Beatles and other bands had been doing, but the label was basically like, "no.. keep churning out those simple pop tunes."

    Elenore is pretty much the result of the writer being like "So they want cliched simplistic pop songs, eh? Let's give 'em the most cliched simplistic pop song ever!"

    The "You're my pride and joy etcetra" line is ingenius and pretty much the key point in recognizing that this song is sarcastic. Who the hell would write a "serious" love song that instead of name a person's traits and all, simply said "etcetera"?

    Plus it has a great hook/melody.
    modestmauson October 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove it, love the Me First and the Gimme Gimmes version of it, just a great song.
    DoubtFullon April 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favorites! I agree with the first person who commented (modestmaus). It's so true. Great melody and it's absolutely brilliant satire. I love it.
    iamduckyon June 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBrilliant song. Way better than happy together!!

    PS: the first one to comment was abselutely rigth.
    BBrockon October 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love all of the turtle's songs and this and Happy Together are my two faves, they were a pretty smart group, poking fun of the pop norm for their time and I love them for it!
    MayorMenleyon October 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCute song. One of the band's hits. LUV the word "groovy" in the lyrics. I recall the decade when all of us girls had furry neon feet stickers on our bedroom doors; wore hotpants with chain belts; and worshipped The Monkees. Those were fun times coming on the heels of the radical 60's and Woodstock. It was a time of awakening and rebirth, and it was great to witness the first major changes in society. And they were HUGE (not always positive, but nevertheless fascinating).
    smellingtheroses12on February 22, 2012   Link
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    MemoryThe line 'you're my pride and joy etc' was a direct lift from someone in the band's management, who on hearing the song originally, said it was ok but needed something more to it 'say something like you're my pride and joy etc' and so, they took him literally!
    markxiston May 02, 2012   Link

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