What it was like Growing Up in the Eighties (1980s)
  • Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

Rick Springfield – 1980s Music Artist & Actor

Rick Springfield’s best 1980s songs and their song lyrics.

Richard Lewis Springthorpe (born 23 August 1949), known professionally as Rick Springfield, is an Australian-American musician and actor. He portrayed Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital, 1981–83. Establishing himself as a heart-throb on a popular series, Springfield scored movie deals in films that were basically vehicles for his good looks, and a recording contract that actually yielded some very memorable music, packaged of course with a lot of big pictures of Rick looking cute. Unlike many stars who casually turn to music to increase their appeal, Rick Springfield not only sang and played guitar on his albums, he also wrote and produced much of his work. In 1981 Rick had a huge hit with “Jessie’s Girl,” and strung a few more hits together over next few years, including “Human Touch” in 1983 and “Celebrate Youth” in 1985. And while the music and lyrics that this soap dish crafted was not the best of the decade (recall the line “She’s got the love monkey riding on her back” from this week’s pick) it’s still muh better than a lot of the crap (Alanis) that the music industry has thrown at us over the years.

Rick Springfield on Twitter: "This week back in 1981, I first appeared on  General Hospital as Dr. Noah Drake. My 'Working Class Dog' 🐶 record was  already finished but I needed to

Jessie’s Girl

Jessie is a friend,
Yeah, I know he's been a good friend of mine
But lately something's changed
It ain't hard to define
Jessie's got himself a girl and I want to make her mine

And she's watching him with those eyes
And she's lovin' him with that body, I just know it!
And he's holding her in his arms late, late at night

You know I wish that I had Jessie's girl
I wish that I had Jessie's girl
Where can I find a woman like that?

I'll play along with the charade
That doesn't seem to be a reason to change
You know I feel so dirty when they start talking cute
I wanna tell her that I love her but the point is probably moot

'Cause she's watching him with those eyes
And she's lovin' him with that body, I just know it!
And he's holding her in his arms late, late at night

You know I wish that I had Jessie's girl
I wish that I had Jessie's girl
Where can I find a woman like that?

Like Jessie's girl
I wish that I had Jessie's girl
Where can I find a woman...
Where can I find a woman like that?

And I'm lookin' in the mirror all the time
Wonderin' what she don't see in me
I've been funny; I've been cool with the lines
Ain't that the way love's supposed to be?

Tell me, where can I find a woman like that?

You know I wish that I had Jessie's girl
I wish that I had Jessie's girl
I want Jessie's girl
Where can I find a woman like that?

Like Jessie's girl
I wish that I had Jessie's girl
I want, I want Jessie's girl

Don't talk to strangers
When you were just a young girl
and still in school
How come you never learned
the golden rule?

Don't talk to strange men,
don't be a fool
I'm hearing stories,
I don't think that's cool
Why dontcha tell me
Someone is a-lovin' you
'Cos you're my girl
Some say it's no longer true
They say you're dating
Some slick Continental dude
I'm tellin' you
Don't talk to strangers
Baby, dontcha talk
Don't talk to strangers
You know he'll only use
Don't talk,
don't talk
Oh, don't talk
Don't talk,
don't talk to him
Nobody, nobody ever told you

Now tell me,
how's life in the big city?
I hear the competition's tough,
baby, that's a pity
Where every man's an actor,
every girl is pretty
I don't like
what's gettin' back to me
Now who's this
Don Juan I've been hearing of
Love hurts
When only one's in love
Now did ya fall at first sight
Or did you need a shove
I'm beggin' you,
please

More at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Springfield