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Herman's Hermits - Mrs. Brown, You've got a lovely Daughter - Lyrics Meaning

Formed in Manchester, England in the early nineteen sixties Herman's Hermits were a pop band known for their clean cut image and simple style of music. The group's lead singer was Peter Noone, who had earned earlier fame as a semi-star on one of the UK's first televised soap operas, and it is very possible that Herman's Hermit were the counterpart of the boy bands that followed later. The group was conceived, managed and produced by Mickie Most who enforced total control over the group's musical style and output.

It is unsure who actually wrote "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" although what it is known that it made its first appearance in a 1963 British TV play, where it was sung by British actor, Tom Courtney. Herman's Hermits recorded it for the US, where it reached the number one spot in the charts, during the height of the "UK invasion" in 1965.

While Noone's rendition is marked by the singer's strong Manchester accent, it's the words of the song that particularly strike a chord.

The song is sung to Mrs. Brown whose daughter has recently broken off her romance with the singer. He visits the mother to ask after her, although he is reconciled to the fact that the romance is over. His feelings for Mrs. Brown's daughter are obviously strong, and he would so anything to get her back.

"I'd go down on my knees, but it's no good to pine"

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