Bang-Shang-A-Lang
By: The Archies
(Jeff Barry)
1968

I recall just walkin' down the street
Tryin' to escape the city heat
I saw her from the corner of my eye, eye, eye
Yeh, she looked so good, I thought I'd die

My heart went bang-shang-a-lang
Bang-shang-a-lang
Bang-shang-a-lang-bang-bang

My heart went bang-shang-a-lang
Bang-shang-a-lang
Bang-shang-a-lang-bang-bang

Somethin' said I shouldn't waste no time
If I'm ever gonna make her mine
I walked right up and said "how do you do, do, do?"
She said "I bet I do as good as you"

My heart went bang-shang-a-lang
Bang-shang-a-lang
Bang-shang-a-lang-bang-bang

My heart went bang-shang-a-lang
Bang-shang-a-lang
Bang-shang-a-lang-bang-bang

I remember when I held her tight
(Bang-shang-a-lang)
Felt like holdin' dynamite now
(Bang-shang-a-lang)
What's that ringin' in my ear?
(Bang-shang-a-lang)
Tell me ain't those bells I hear!
(Bang-shang-a-lang)

Bang bang!
Shang-a-lang
Bang bang!
Shang-a-lang

Bang bang bang!
Shang a lang a lang
Bang bang bang!
Shang a lang a lang

Now she's gonna spend her life with me
And we'll be as happy as can be
Of course I love her more than I can tell, tell, tell
Sunday afternoon we'll hear the bells
And they'll go...

Bang-shang-a-lang
Bang-shang-a-lang
Bang-shang-a-lang-bang-bang

Oh they'll go...

Bang-shang-a-lang
Bang-shang-a-lang
Bang-shang-a-lang-bang-bang

Bang-shang-a-lang
Bang-shang-a-lang
Bang-shang-a-lang-bang-bang . . .

 

ANDY RATING:

Another "too-late-for-doo-wop" song from Jeff Barry. Maybe not the purest example of gum but admirably bridges the early 60's sounds with the gum that was to come.

 

NOTES:

. . . Maybe this was leftover from Jeff's Brill Building days . . . or he had a few more left in him . . .