Billy Joe Royal's last chart single came four years after his 1965 breakthrough "Down in the Boondocks," but where that single had a tinge of early '60s innocence about it, "Cherry Hill Park" is…well, innocent is among the last words that come to mind. Although the lyrics deal almost entirely in innuendo, there's little left to the imagination about Mary Hill, who was "such a thrill after dark," and the sort of "games" she got up to in the titular greensward. What's fascinating about this song is that unlike a lot of very similar character studies from the period, there's not an overtly moral twist in the last verse. In fact, other than a line about how all the other girls in town criticized her (itself quickly countered with the rejoinder "But all the boys, they idolized her"), the overall tone is simply one of fond remembrance of the town hussy, one who didn't come to a bad end, but who simply married a rich guy and moved away. Musically, the song is slick, horn-driven soul-pop along the lines of the Classics IV or Blood Sweat and Tears' poppier moments, just the sort of thing that had its chart heyday around this time.