♫ Just Like Me ♫

I hinted last night that I was planning to do a music post for a friend.  Roger mentioned this one way back a week ago when I posted Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, but I’m just now getting around to playing it … where the heck does time go???  So anyway, Sir Roger, this one’s for you!

I am not able … and I’ve searched high and low … to find much background or trivia about this song.  Released in November 1965, it was Paul Revere and the Raiders’ first national hit and one of the first rock records to feature a distinctive, double-tracked guitar solo, performed by guitarist Drake Levin.  The song peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in January 1966 during a then-lengthy 15-week run.  And that is all of the factual info I have, so you’ll just have to settle for giving it a listen!

Just Like Me
Paul Revere and the Raiders

It’s just like me
To say to you
Love me do
And I’ll be true

And what I’d like
For you to say
Is you’ll come home
To me each day

Hiku be my girl
That’s what I want
Just you sweet thing
And not a thing

It’s just like me
To feel so good
And fall so much
In love with you

It’s just like me
It’s just like me
I’m acting the fool
That’s how I’ll be

But it’s just like you
To say goodbye
And leave me all
Alone at night, waaa

It’s just like me
To say to you
Love me do
And I’ll be true

And what I’d like
For you to say
Is that you’ll love me
Here each day

It’s just like me
It’s just like me
I’m acting the fool
That’s how I’ll be

But it’s just like you
To say goodbye
And leave me all
Alone at night, waaa

It’s just like me
It’s just like me…

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: R. Hart / R. Dey

Just Like Me lyrics © Daywin Music, Inc.

20 thoughts on “♫ Just Like Me ♫

  1. Oh, do I know this song. We ‘performed’ it in one friend’s basement at one point in the sixties. PRatR and their songs were regularly featured as the songs we sang while a record player spun vinyl at 45 RPM, along with The Outsiders, Herman and the Hermits, Freddy and the Dreamers, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, and Johnny Rivers! Thanks for making me laugh in memory. Cheers and hugs, my friend.

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    • Awesome!!! Isn’t it funny how music can dredge up a memory long-ago buried? Just hearing a song sometimes reminds me of something or someone I haven’t thought of in years/decades! Glad you enjoyed this one and that it brought back fun memories! Cheers and many hugs, dear Michael!

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  2. Aww thanks Jill. This really takes me back. It actually made the UK airwaves on its first release, a rare ‘honour’ for an unknown US band in those days. Those raw riffs and Mark Lindsay’s voice always stayed with me. Garage Band at its best.
    The Raiders made quite an impact down the years too. Their version of ‘I’m not your stepping stone’ (and not the Monkees one, being the reason why the song was covered by The Sex Pistols and Joan Jett. They were also one of the inspirations behind the 1980s ‘Paisley Underground scene’. It’s a shame session musicians were bussed in on several of their later recordings and the band was not allowed to evolve; probably explains the high turnover of band members.
    Features of the now famous 1960s Garage / Psychedelic collection ‘Nuggets’ (I have all four volumes).
    Happy days.
    Thanks again for bringing this wonderful gem back into the public domain.

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  3. Coincidence? Very strange…
    Less than half an hour ago I was listening to Paul Revere and the Raiders (then known as just “The Taiders”) doing “Indian Reservation (Lament for the Cherokee Nation),” comparing it to the original? version of the song contained in “Memorial to the American Indian” by The Lewis and Clark Expedition. The song after Indian Reservation on the You Tube playlist was “Just Like Me,” so I listened to it too.
    PRatR were the house band on a rock tv show called Where the Action Is, which my friends and I watched faithfully in 1965, I think. (I cannot remember exactly, but I think it was a daily show that came on after school, but more likely it was weekly.) Anyway, in the midst of the Btitish Lnvasion Action introduced us to a lot of American bands of the time, including The Grass Roots, Tommy James and the Shondells, and others that later became big stars.

    Gotta love these ttips down memory lane. (Tip of the hat to Sir Roger!)

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    • I do apologize for using the “I” word, but it is right in the names of the songs mentioned above, or I would have not used such a disgusting colonial term! Being of First Natons heritage I have come to hate the “I” word over the years, but in the 60s, and even later, no one knew any better. Indian is to be used ONLY when refering to people from or connected to India. There are many labels which refer to us as a people, but I prefer Original Human Inhabitants of Turtle Island, or OHITI for short. (According to archaeologists’ finding, they can now date our history on Turtle Island back 23,000 years, when Wooly Mammoths and Giant Sloths still roamed the plains, at least as long as there were humans in Europe.)

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  4. I’ve never heard this before, probably because the band did absolutely nothing in our charts with any of their records, either singles or albums. Sorry, but the best description I can give this is ‘ordinary!’

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    • Oh, Clive, you have to listen to this with the ears you had back in 1965, when rock n roll as inspired by Buddy Holly and the Crickets, AND the Beatles, was taking over the radio waves. The sound was new, and vital. A lot has been lost by developing a sophisticated ear. Think back to when you were young, and in love for the first time, and maybe because you were having to split up with your girl because one of you was going off to college, or the army, or somewhere. Listen to this song, and remember how you felt: https://youtu.be/2tnLvWOoIeU
      For me, I was a carnie, every weekend in a different small town in northern Ontario, when I met the most wonderful girl I had ever met, but Sunday was knockdown day, and Monday was travel day. I cannot even remember her name now, but thanks to Paul Revere and the Raiders I will never forget her, and 3 days of magic that affected me for years. She stayed in Emo, and I returned home to Winnipeg, but we took turns each night phoning up the one radio station we shared, CKY, and took turns dedicating this song to each other. So many other young people heard it, and loved it, they started requesting it too. The song was never released on single, and was probably ignored in the rest of the world, but in Winnipeg it hit the top ten on the CKY Top 50 charts, because of she and I.
      No, we never saw each other again, but for one summer we had each other, and everyone knew our names.

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      • In 1965, when this came out, I was 12 so hadn’t really got to that stage! That’s the beauty of music, isn’t it: how it can be a part of our lives, and how a song can be so important to us for marking a moment, a milestone. Paul Revere and the Raiders meant nothing over here, and I hadn’t heard either of these songs before. Yes, our ears and tastes change over time – in 1965 I was listening to the Beatles, Stones, Byrds, Beach Boys, Kinks, Hollies, Small Faces and loads of others. Sorry, but I stand by my first impression: when set against those bands this does feel ordinary to me. I recognise that it was very popular over the pond, though, and respect that. All a matter of taste, I guess, and this band didn’t appeal over here.

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    • Never heard this one before. Kinda wish I still hadn’t. Somehow, I’m not surprised! Larry didn’t like it, either … he said, “Never heard this one before. Kinda wish I still hadn’t.” Ah well, back to the drawing board, as they say!

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