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little town flirt by del shannon is one of the great golden oldies and was an international hit in 1961

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Here’s one of the favorite golden oldies about love that could go wrong. You might get your heart broken with someone who just plays with your affection. The song was written by Del Shannon and Maron McKenzie. Del Shannon had international success with “Little Town Flirt” in 1962, which reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 in the U.K., and #1 in Australia. He also had earlier hits in 1961 with “Runaway” (#1) and “Hats Off To Larry” (#5).

Here are the lyrics to “Little Town Flirt” by Del Shannon:

“Here she comes
Little town flirt
You’re falling for her
And you’re gonna get hurt

Yeah, I know it’s so hard to resist
The temptation of her tender red lips
But you can get hurt, hurt
Yeah, you can get hurt
Foolin’ around
With that little town flirt

Here she comes
With that look in her eye
She plays around
With every guy that goes by
Yeah, I know she’s gonna treat you wrong
So your heart just better be strong
‘Cause you can get hurt, hurt
Yeah, you can get hurt Foolin’ around
With that little town flirt

I know how you feel
You think her love is real
You think this time she’ll be sincere
But you think you’ve got a paper heart
When she starts to tear it apart
That’s when she’ll let you go, whoa, whoa, whoa

Here she comes
Just look at that style
She’s looking at you
Giving you that smile
But I know she’s gonna treat you wrong
So your heart just better be strong
‘Cause you get can hurt, hurt
Yeah, you can get hurt Foolin’ around
With that little town flirt

You better run and hide now boy
You better pass her by, now, yeah, boy
You better run and hide now, yeah, boy”

Del Shannon was born Charles Weedon Westover in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1934. As a child he played the ukulele and guitar, with an interest in country and western music. While in the U.S. Army (he was drafted in 1954), he played guitar in a band called The Cool Flames. In 1959, when signing with Big Top records, he changed his name to Del Shannon. His end is one of the sad stories of the entertainment business. He suffered from depression, and at the age of 55 committed suicide at his home in California.

If you would like to read  about “Runaway,”  another of the great golden oldies from Del Shannon, please click here.

If you are interested in listening to more rock and roll and pop hits by Del Shannon, please consider this: Del Shannon – 25 All-Time Greatest Hits

For More Golden Oldies Music

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.

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