The Four Seasons

Girl Come Running

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Although it was not one of their biggest hits from this era, “Girl Come Running” is a good example of the strong pop craftsmanship that informed the Four Seasons’ classic mid-1960's period. The lyrics of “Girl Come Running” reveal the tenderness lurking behind the usual macho stance of a Four Seasons song by presenting a scenario where its narrator is willing to forgive an unfaithful ex for her romantic indiscretion: “When you get tired of running around/All your friends putting you down/Don’t do your crying alone/Girl come running home.” The music milks the song for all the emotion its worth by combining simmering verses built around a call-and-response pattern with a chorus that rapidly ascends to towering, supercharged heights. The Four Seasons’ recording of “Girl Come Running” undercuts its potential for ballad melodrama by keeping its sound tough and minimalist: the sparse backing is driven by throbbing drums and pounding piano lines that is given a little extra texture by some scratching rhythm guitar. Frankie Valli’s lead vocal takes center stage in this sound, building from a baritone style on the verses into dizzying falsetto peaks on the chorus while the rest of the group provides a plush cushion of harmonies to back him up. This solidly-crafted approach made “Girl Come Running” a stylish bit of blue-eyed soul that gave the Four Seasons a top-30 hit in 1965.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Greatest Hits of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons 1976 K-Tel Distribution 2:58
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons - 1962-1967 1987 Time / Life Music 3:01
No Image 1990 Sequel
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1991 Rhino 2:59
No Image 1995 Ace 2:58
Gold Vault of Hits [Curb] 1997 Curb 3:00
In Season: The Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons Anthology 2001 Rhino 3:00