Girl Talk

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PROFILE
Composer Neal Hefti
Lyricist Bobby Troup
Year Written 1965
About Girl Talk
This song was written for the film Harlow, a biographical film about Jean Harlow, starring Carroll Baker. Michael Feinstein is quoted by New York Times reviewer Stephen Holden (October 22, 1999), as calling this song “the last great male chauvinistic song written in the 60s.”

Lyrics

They like to chat about the dresses they will wear tonight
They chew the fat about their tresses and the neighbor’s fight;
Inconsequential things that men don’t really care to know
Become essential things that women find so apropos
But that’s a dame, they’re all the same it’s just a game they call it
Girl talk, girl talk

They all meow about the ups and downs of all their friends,
The who, the how, the why — they dish the dirt, it never ends.
The weaker sex, the “speaker” sex we mortal males behold
But though we joke, we wouldn’t trade you for a ton of gold.

So baby stay and gab away, but hear me say that after
Girl talk, talk to me.
So baby stay, and gab away, but hear me say
That after girl talk, talk to me.

But that’s a dame, they’re all the same it’s just a game they call it
Girl talk, girl talk

So baby stay, and gab away, but hear me say
That after girl talk, talk to me.

It’s all been planned, so take my hand; please understand
The sweetest girl talk talks of me

Session / Album Information

1965

“Girl Talk” was recorded on December 14, 1965 and released in 1966 on The Movie Song Album. It was arranged by Neal Hefti.

This recording released on:

  • 1966: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9272 — The Movie Song Album
  • 1966: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2472 — The Movie Song Album
  • 1966: CBS LP 12″: BPG 62677 — The Movie Song Album (UK)
  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 09272 — The Movie Song Album
  • 2006: RPM/Columbia/Legacy CD: 82876 87233 2 — The Movie Song Album
  • 2011: Disc #32 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK31) The Movie Song Album

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