21: Come A Little Bit Closer – Jay & The Americans


Entered Charts21 October 1964
Entry Point37
Highest Chart2
Weeks In:9

Like our number 29 song, Fox On The Run, Come A Little Bit Closer is one of two totally different charting songs with the same title (The Delltones also had a hit with a song of the same name). This one has drama mixed in with comedy – Bad Man Jose’s girlfriend is flirting with the singing in a “little cafe, just the other side of the border”. Everyone around him is most concerned for his well-being, particularly when someone announces that Bad Man Jose is on his way.

You’ll be pleased to know that our singer gets the heads up and runs away before BMJ gets there, saving himself from grievous bodily harm, one suspects.

This is one of those songs – and you’ll have a few yourself, I have no doubt – that are lingering somewhere in the very depths of your memory. You can’t bring them to mind. You probably don’t even know that it is there. But you hear it once and it sounds really, really familiar and takes you back to some distant memory. In my case, this reminds me of the house I lived in for the first six years of my life – presumably because it was on the radio every now and again while I was living there (certainly we had no dangerous Mexican bandits visiting us).

Good song …