Jean

Jean is a popular song from the 1969 movie The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. It was written by the American poet and composer Rod McKuen, who also recorded a version of the song, but I prefer this version by Oliver.  Oliver is William Oliver Swofford, and this song, along with Good Morning Starshine, put him on top of the heap for a short time, but it didn’t last long, and he eventually left the music business, opting for a career as a business manager for a major pharmaceutical company.  Oliver died in 2000 at the age of 55, despite receiving a bone marrow transplant 10 months earlier.

Jean
Oliver
.
Jean, Jean, roses are red
All the leaves have gone green
And the clouds are so low
You can touch them, and so
Come out to the meadow, Jean
.
Jean, Jean, you’re young and alive
Come out of your half-dreamed dream
And run, if you will, to the top of the hill
Open your arms, bonnie Jean
.
Till the sheep in the valley come home my way
Till the stars fall around me and find me alone
When the sun comes a-singin’ I’ll still be waitin’
.
For Jean, Jean, roses are red
And all of the leaves have gone green
While the hills are ablaze with the moon’s yellow haze
Come into my arms, bonnie Jean
.
(Jean, Jean)
Jean, you’re young and alive!!
Come out of your half-dreamed dream
And run, if you will to the top of the hill
Come into my arms, bonnie Jean
.
Jean
La-la-la-la
.
Songwriters: Robin Spielberg / Rod Mckuen
Jean lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

16 thoughts on “Jean

  1. If memory serves me correctly, and at times it doesn’t, I read the The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark in about 1961. It preceded the movie of the same name, but it is the movie that contains this unforgettable song. I loved the movie that starred a young Maggie Smith as Jean. You really should take the time to watch it, a tangled web of human nature. It is probably available on YouTube these days. Poor Oliver, kind of a two hit wonder, but at least remembered for those two songs. Sadly, it was a brother that provided the failed bone marrow transplant. Thank-you!

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  2. Enjoyed the movie better third time around. Don’t remember this tune …? I do remember, Good morning starshine. Still sing it to myself on occasion… prefer this one

    but hey, like the cut of your jib m’hearty,
    nice, Cheers Jamie

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    • I never saw the movie … I’m not much of a movie or television watcher. Yeah … Starshine is one of those tunes that sticks in your head and I find it in mine every now and again.

      I think I still like the Oliver version best … this is the first time I ever heard of Strawberry Alarm Clock!

      Thanks Jamie! Cheers!

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