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In the mid-to-late 80's someone had a minor hit--probably hit the Top 100 but not the Top 40. I can't remember the name of the song, nor can I remember the name of the artist.

The singer, however, was a Graham. Graham Parsons? Graham Parker? Somebody Graham? I know it was NOT Lou Gramm.

The song reminds me of Jude Cole's "Start the Car" in that it's a kind of bluesy-rock song.

I realize this is scant info to go on, but if you can offer some suggestions, I might be able to figure it out. Thanks for your help.

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I seem to remember a song by a Graham somebody about asking his girlfriend not to argue but stay in bed and work it out. No, I don't mean "Black Coffee in Bed" by Squeeze. I've tried to search for artist named Graham, but it's not coming to me. Let me know if that sounds familiar and I'll keep working on it.

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Local Girls

Sit by my window and look outside, wonder why the sun don't shine on me

What's wrong with you, you stupid child, don't you think that I'm the one

you're waiting to see?

Don't talk too much 'cause she falls for the suckers, makes her feel

everything is secure

Don't ever leave a footprint on the floor

Don't bother with the local girls, don't bother with the local girls

They don't bother me

She's probably half-wit, she must be straight,

or bound to have a mother who knows nothing but hate

Don't want to love her, I'd rather knock her down

Standing at the busstop where she waits each morning

So isolated that she thinks that the army is the place where a man ought to be

Don't bother with them, they don't bother me

They got the walk, they got the talk, right down without a flaw

At 6:00 I got to stop my dreaming at the counter of the store

Without a doubt I got to intercept, must be time someone ran and shouted in

their head

You look all right in the cheap print dress,

but everytime you swish it 'round you make me disappear

I'm aware of exactly what I'm doing, making everything a mystery

Don't bother with it, it don't bother me

Maybe you can recognise some lines? I was a fan of Graham Parker...

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In the mid-to-late 80's someone had a minor hit--probably hit the Top 100 but not the Top 40. I can't remember the name of the song, nor can I remember the name of the artist.

The singer, however, was a Graham. Graham Parsons? Graham Parker? Somebody Graham? I know it was NOT Lou Gramm.

The song reminds me of Jude Cole's "Start the Car" in that it's a kind of bluesy-rock song.

I realize this is scant info to go on, but if you can offer some suggestions, I might be able to figure it out. Thanks for your help.

If it were Graham Parker, it might be one of these, his "singles":

1976 March: "Silly Thing"

1976 July: "Soul Shoes"

1976 October: "Hotel Chambermaid"

1976 "Heat Treatment"

1977 January: "Pourin' It All Out"

1977 Marchh: "The Pink Parker E.P."

1977 November: "New York Shuffle"

1977 "Stick To Me"

1978 March: "Hey Lord Don't Ask Me Questions"

1979 February: "Mercury Poisoning"

1979 March: "Protection"

1979 May: "Discovering Japan"

1979 May: "Local Girls"

1980 April: "Stupefaction"

1980 No Holding Back

1980 June: "Love Without Greed"

1982 "Temporary Beauty"

1982 "You Hit The Spot"

1983 "September Life Gets Better"

1983 "You Can't Take Love For Granted"

1985 April: "Wake Up (Next To You)"

1985 "Break Them Down"

1985 "Weekend's Too Short"

1988 "Don't Let It Break You Down"

1988 "Get Started. Start A Fire"

1989 "Big Man On Paper"

1990 "Everything Goes"

1991 "Brand New Book"

1992 "Release Me"

1992 October: "Here It Comes Again"

That's quite alot to go at. I only remember "Temporary Beauty" (which reached No 50 in the UK charts in 1982) He had a bigger hit, (No 24 in '77), with an EP "The Pink Parker" featuring "Hold Back The Night", "(Let Me Get) Sweet On You", "White Honey" & "Soul Shoes".

I'm sure I recall johnnyguitar once extolling the virtues of Graham Parker & The Rumour. He might be able to help here.

I've never heard Jude Cole or "Start The Car", so, frankly, I'm about as much use as a crack in a glass eye. :)

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You are thinking about "Talk It Over", by Grayson Hughes. Song Hit 88-89 or so. Seems he had another hit, don't remember what it was right now. BTW, the background music channel in Kroger has this in rotation these days

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