Jim Stafford – My Girl Bill

This has to be one of the cutest oldies but goodies songs.  I heard it for the first time a couple of weeks ago and haven’t been able to get it out of my head.  I have been singing it over and over. I’ve started listening to his other songs, and man oh man, this guy is Great!

My Girl Bill is a 1974 hit song written and recorded by Jim Stafford. It was the third of four U.S. Top 40 singles from his eponymous debut album. The lyrics in the verses are spoken, rather than sung.

The song is about a man named William/Bill and his friend, the narrator of the song. The lyrics employ double entendre, leading the listener to infer that the men, as the title also suggests, are themselves involved in a romantic relationship. However, in the last verse a twist occurs; the narrator speaks of a woman who has been the men’s mutual love interest but who has now summarily rejected Bill, and he is explaining the situation (i.e. “(she’s) MY girl, Bill”).

“My Girl Bill” reached number 12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number 7 on the Canadian pop singles chart. It was a crossover hit onto the Adult Contemporary and Country charts of both nations. The song was also a Top 20 hit in the UK and Australia.

Song Lyrics –

Bill walked me to my door last night,
And he said, Before I go
There’s something about our love affair,
That I have a right to know
I said, Let’s not stand out here like this,
What would the neighbors think?
Why don’t we just step inside,
And I’ll fix us both a drink.

My girl Bill
My, my, girl Bill
Can’t say enough about the way I feel,
About my girl, my girl Bill.

William’s hands were shaking,
As he took his glass of wine.
And I could see we both felt the same,
And when his eyes met mine,
I said, Who we love and why we love,
It’s hard to understand.
Let’s just sit here on the couch,
And face this, man to man.

My girl Bill
My, my, girl Bill
Can’t say enough about the way I feel,
About my girl, my girl Bill.

Bill, you know we just left her place,
And we both know what she said.
She doesn’t want to see your face,
And she wishes you were dead!
Now, I know we both love her,
And I guess we always will.
But you’re gonna have to find another,
‘Cause she’s my girl, Bill!

My girl Bill
My, my, girl Bill
Can’t say enough about the way I feel,
About my girl, talkin’ ’bout my little girl,
My girl, Bill.

Written by: Jim Stafford

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