5.22-DEAR ELOISE (Hollies)



Dear Eloise, I am writing to say
A number of funny things I heard today.
I heard that he's left you and run off to sea.
Could be the best thing that's happened to me.

     Writing a letter
     To make you feel better.
     Sorry to hear that he left you that way.
     I could have told you,
     He was much older,
     So much older than you.

     You rushed blindly.
     He treated you kindly
     Until he found out what he could get from you.
     You should have departed
     Before he got started.
     Now you've been burned just like I said you would.

          Please read my letter closely.
          It's beneficial to you.

          You must read in-between the lines,
          A message you will see.
          If you use your mind, you'll find
          I want you back with me.


     [Repeat 1st Verse: so much older than you (3x)]

[Repeat Intro]

Dear Eloise was the single that followed King Midas in Reverse, and was also included on the album which in the U.S. contained King Midas. Though better produced, and generally a Hollies pop record framed by a creaky harmonium at the beginning and end, the song did only slightly better that its predecessor. It was the harmonium’s exotic sound that made the song seem psychedelic, though the lyrics were standard romance. There was also the Donovanesque wavering note on reverb to accompany happened to me in the intro. The construction is unusual for a pop record: up to this time, I can’t recall any other pop radio song with a separate intro repeated at the song’s end. I credit When the Music’s Over by the Doors for a similar framing by a melody dedicated to the beginning and end of the song; however, the Doors’ composition is much longer and not fashioned with Top 40 radio in mind.