It's a really old track, from the end of the 1960s, and I even had some trouble finding it on Amazon, because it's simply not so famous as some others from the period. I tracked it to 'The Lost Album', and that's probably an appropriate title....
I listened to this version, and its wording. And it's not the version that's normally 'out there'. There's an extra verse or two, which makes it even more moving....
The lyrics (standard version - scroll to the bottom) are poignant, and Michael, empath that he is, is listening to the poetry of the words, and their message, wondering about the red-haired girl sleeping in the next room, and who she might really be.
Here's an excerpt from 'Allies':
The radio drifts over us, playing ‘Golden Oldies from the sixties. “Oh, I like this one,” says James. “I’ve not heard it for years.”
I listen but I don’t know the piece. “What is it?”
He looks at me over his glass. “Now you’re making me feel old. It’s ‘Where Do You Go to My Lovely? by Peter Sarstedt. It was a hit, oh… back end of the sixties….”
I grin. “Sorry, but I wasn’t even a twinkle in my father’s eye then.”
He gives me a long look, then, “It’s a good track. Listen to the lyrics. It’s sad, but quite beautiful.”
I listen, but don’t catch all the words, just snatches….
…. But where do you go to my lovely
When you're alone in your bed….?
And I wonder about the red-haired beauty lying in the room next to us.
“So, you don’t wonder about her? Where she’s from?”
“What’s to wonder about? She needs money. She’s stunning and highly sexed. I’ve got money and we’re both happy to fuck her. What more matters?
…. I remember the back streets of Naples
Two children begging in rags
Both touched with a burning ambition
To shake off their lowly born tags….
“You really believe that? That’s all that matters?”
The song is gorgeous, but sad. Here it is from it's original version in 1969, taken from an old pop program of the time.
Anyway, enjoy the track. I hope you enjoy the story too. And I hope that you think that the two work together.
Happy Reading :-)
And if you'd like to read through the lyrics, here's a link.