Song Lyric Sunday — Bubblegum Music

For this  week’s Song Lyric Sunday, the prompt is “sugar/candy.” I’m positive that many of my fellow bloggers will select the same song I have chosen, since it’s all about sugar and candy!

“Sugar, Sugar” was a song written by Jeff Barry and Andy Kim. It was originally recorded by the virtual band the Archies, a group that performed on the Saturday morning cartoon show, Archie. The song falls in the genre of pop music known as “bubblegum music.” Bubblegum music, which was popular in the late 60s and early 70s, had an upbeat sound designed to appeal to pre-teens and teenagers.

According to Jeff Barry, he and Andy Kim wrote this song with preschoolers in mind since that was the audience for the Archie TV show. The “you are my candy girl” line came from them thinking about what kids that age like (candy).

The song was initially released in late May 1969, on the Calendar label, but achieved only moderate chart success until it was re-released in mid-July 1969 on the Kirshner label, where it became a massive success by late summer/early fall. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1969 and remained there for four weeks.

Here are the song’s lyrics.

Sugar, ah honey honey
You are my candy girl
And you got me wanting you

Honey, ah sugar sugar
You are my candy girl
And you’ve got me wanting you

I just can’t believe the loveliness of loving you
(I just can’t believe it’s true)
I just can’t believe the one to love this feeling to
(I just can’t believe it’s true)

Ah sugar, ah honey honey
You are my candy girl
And you’ve got me wanting you

Ah honey, ah sugar sugar
You are my candy girl
And you’ve got me wanting you

When I kissed you, girl, I knew how sweet a kiss could be
(I know how sweet a kiss can be)
Like the summer sunshine pour your sweetness over me
(Pour your sweetness over me)
Oh sugar, pour a little sugar on it honey

Pour a little sugar on it baby
I’m gonna make your life so sweet, yeah yeah yeah
Pour a little sugar on it oh yeah
Pour a little sugar on it honey
Pour a little sugar on it baby
I’m gonna make your life so sweet, yeah yeah yeah
Pour a little sugar on it honey

Ah sugar, ah honey honey
You are my candy girl
And you’ve got me wanting you
Oh honey, honey, sugar sugar
(Honey, honey, sugar sugar)
You are my candy girl

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12 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Bubblegum Music

  1. newepicauthor December 31, 2017 / 7:01 am

    I was never a big fan of Bubblegum music, but I do remember it being on the air waves all the time. The songs were all happy, simple, upbeat jingles that did not appeal to me because I thought it was just for kids. A lot of these songs sounded the same like Yummy Yummy Yummy by 1910 Fruitgum Company and Chewy, Chewy by Ohio Express.

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  2. Helen Vahdati December 31, 2017 / 8:35 am

    While this type of music isn’t my favorite either, this one is very nostalgic for me. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong December 31, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Oddly enough, I remember that one. I’m not sure why, but I must have been living in this country at the time. The stuff from the 1980s, I mostly missed.

    Garry’s brother Anton sent a link. He is the conductor and he does NOT send links. It’s pretty good. Something to dream about. Better with music.

    [video src="https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/924111999306313729/pu/vid/1280x720/rzsxXzUZlwXav1RJ.mp4" /]

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  4. ghostmmnc December 31, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    I was hoping someone would pick this song! I always liked bubblegum music, myself, and this one is one of the best! 🙂

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