Song Lyric Sunday: 1910 Fruitgum Company, “1, 2, 3, Red Light”

The last of the three suggestions I gave Jim is "bubblegum pop." Wikipedia defines it as "pop music in a catchy and upbeat style that is considered disposable, contrived, or marketed for children and adolescents." In other words, music made for tweens and teens, the Tiger Beat crowd.

Most bubblegum artists were "one-hit wonders," but there were several who charted with multiple records, like 1910 Fruitgum Company, who had three Top Ten hits in their time. I read a magazine article many years ago that said the name came from one of the members finding an ancient gum wrapper in one of his grandfather’s suits. "1, 2, 3, Red Light" was their second hit, reaching #5 in the US, #1 in Canada, and #8 in Australia in 1968.

Everytime I try to prove I love you
1, 2, 3 red light stops me
Baby you ain’t right to stop me
1, 2, 3 red light stops me

Everytime I try to love you
1, 2, 3 red light stops me
Baby every night you stop me
1, 2, 3 red light

Stop the game (stop the game)
You got too much to lose (too much to lose)
If you stop me again
That’s when we might end

So please don’t refuse (please don’t refuse)
Everytime I make a move to love you
1, 2, 3 red light don’t stop me
Baby you ain’t right to stop me

1, 2, 3 red light don’t stop me
Everytime I try to prove I love you
1, 2, 3 red light don’t stop me
When I know I’m right don’t stop me

1, 2, 3 red light
Everytime I make a move to love you
1, 2, 3 red light don’t stop me
Baby you ain’t right to stop me

1, 2, 3, red light (fades out)

Source: Lyrics.com

That’s Song Lyric Sunday and Song of the Day for February 19, 2023.

21 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: 1910 Fruitgum Company, “1, 2, 3, Red Light”

  1. Thank you so much for all your prompts Jim I have enjoyed them soo much. This week has been a wonderful chance to go back to my early teen years I love bubblegum I did didn’t realise bhow much!!๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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