♫ I Go To Pieces ♫

Tonight’s song is for our friend rawgod … he mentioned this some time ago … maybe as long as a year ago … and I put it on the list, but just never got around to playing it.  My apologies, rg, but tonight’s is just for you!   Only thing is … since it’s been so long, I don’t remember what artist we might have been talking about when you mentioned this one, so I’m not sure if you wanted Peter & Gordon’s, or Del Shannon’s version.  I’m going to guess, knowing what I do about your tastes, Peter & Gordon.  However, to be on the safe side, I shall play both!

Del Shannon had written I Go to Pieces for an R&B singer named Lloyd Brown whom Shannon discovered at a Michigan nightclub. Shannon arranged and produced Brown’s recording but was unable to find a label interested in releasing the track. Shannon did attempt to himself record I Go to Pieces in the August 1964 session at Mira Sound Studios NYC, but was unable to cut a satisfactory vocal of the song before the three hours booked for the session ran out.  Following the success of the Peter and Gordon version, Del Shannon himself recorded the song at Bell Sound Studio NYC in March 1965.

I Go to Pieces” passed to Peter and Gordon when they and Del Shannon along with the Searchers shared the bill for a tour of Australia in the second half of 1964. At one of that tour’s venues Shannon pitched I Go to Pieces to the Searchers singing it for the group in their dressing room: Peter and Gordon in the dressing room next door overheard Shannon singing it to the Searchers – who weren’t interested in it – and recognizing the song’s potential to become a Merseybeat-style hit, Peter and Gordon asked Shannon to let them record it.

Released in the UK on 20 November 1964, I Go to Pieces became the second consecutive Peter and Gordon single to miss the UK Top 50 but like the preceding Nobody I Know, despite missing the UK charts it became a hit in the US where the “British Invasion” craze was at its height in 1964-65.

Now I’m wondering, though, if rawgod wanted Patsy Cline’s I Fall to Pieces?  Sigh.

I Go to Pieces
Peter and Gordon

When I see her comin’ down the street
I get so shaky and I feel so weak
I tell my eyes look the other way
But they don’t seem to hear a word I say

And I, go to pieces and I want to hide
Go to pieces and I almost die
Every time my baby passes by

I tell my arms they’ll hold someone new
Another love that will be true
But they don’t listen, they don’t seem to care
They reach for her but she’s not there

And I, go to pieces and I want to hide
Go to pieces and I almost die
Every time my baby passes by

I remember what she said when she said
“Goodbye baby. We’ll meet again soon maybe.”
“But until we do, all my best to you.”
I’m so lonely, I think about her only

I go to places we used to go
But I know she’ll never show
She hurt me so much inside
Now I hope she’s satisfied

And I, go to pieces and I want to hide
Go to pieces and I almost die
Every time my baby passes by

Go to pieces and I cry
Every time my baby passes by
Go to pieces and I cry

Songwriters: Del Shannon
I Go to Pieces lyrics © BMG Rights Management

12 thoughts on “♫ I Go To Pieces ♫

  1. Jill, good song. I did not know Del Shannon wrote this. Peter turned out to be quite the record producer. We heard Del late in his career. The mic was bad and he shouted into it to be heard. Keith

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  2. It was definitely Peter and Gordon we were talking about, but I cannot remember the subject of our discussion. I never heard the Del Shannon version, and it holds nothing new for me. Patsy Cline, that was my sisters’ era. She was okay, but the music didn’t make me move, or groove.

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