“Geddes sings from first person narrative in the character of the titular young man. Joey recalls the events leading up to a recent tragedy in which his girlfriend Julie is unintentionally gunned down by her own father, who intended to kill Joey after learning that Julie was pregnant with Joey’s child. Joey himself admits that he repeatedly relives the tragedy in his mind every time he tries to sleep.”
This is how some anonymous Wikipedia contributor (perhaps being funny; hard to tell with material like this) summed up “Run Joey Run,” the only hit David Geddes ever had, in 1975.
Why buy the album at all when you can just read this maudlin comic about the only song anyone cares about right here?
What can we say about David Geddes that isn’t already sort of apparent in his choice of topic matter? The Seventies were a great time for shit like this. And by “shit like this,” I mean sad little songs that sort of make a much bigger deal out of things than is deserved by what is actually being discussed.
It’s a song that was first introduced to me as “a song about a guy who gets his girlfriend pregnant, and now he needs to run away.” But no; it’s a song about a guy who has gotten his girlfriend pregnant and has been told specifically to stay away from the house of said girlfriend by said girlfriend, and his going over there gets her shot. Run Joey, Run! Read more…
posted by Rich Bachelor in One Hit Wonders
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