Gotta See Jane

R. Dean Taylor

About Gotta See Jane

"Gotta See Jane" is a song and single by Canadian singer-songwriter R. Dean Taylor written by Taylor, Eddie Holland of Holland-Dozier-Holland and Motown songwriter, Ronald Miller. Released in 1968, it entered the UK chart in June and reached number 17 in August, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. The song appeared on Taylor's 1970 album I Think, Therefore I Am. It was re-released in 1974, reaching number 41 in October, and again in 2004 as a b-side to a limited edition single with There's a Ghost In My House as the A-side.  


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Red light, green light, 
Speedin' trough the dark night, 
Drivin' trough the poundin' rain 
I gotta see Jane 

Windshield wiper splashin', 
Splashin', callin' out her name 
Just gotta see Jane 
I left her arms to find my way 

To find a place for me in the world outside 
I wasn't alive, I could not survive 
The frantic pace, the constant chase 
To win the race, turned my heart cold inside 

I gotta find what I left behind 
Red light, green light, 
Speedin' through the dark night, 
Drivin' through the poundin' rain, 

I gotta see Jane 
Freeway, byway, 
Tearin' up the highway, 
Runnin' up a world insane 

Just gotta see Jane 
A town of steel that isn't real 
It could not feel what's in the heart of me 
I was so alone in a world of stone 

I missed her arms, that once held me 
That made me see, I was the lonely one 
But now and then I was runnin' scared 
And I could feel the touch of time 

Turnin' the wheel of life to yesterday 
When love and happiness were mine 
I gotta find that world of Jane and me 
Liked it used to be 

Oh, I gotta see Jane 
Her love for me I pushed aside 
Walked out alone 
To face a world turned cold 

Although I tried I could not survive 
The frantic pace, the constant chase 
To win the race, it's not a part of me 
I've gotta find what I left behind 

Oh, I gotta see Jane, I gotta see Jane

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R. Dean Taylor

R. Dean Taylor (born Richard Dean Taylor, 11 May 1939, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian singer, most famous as a recording artist, songwriter and record producer for Motown Records company during the 1960s and 1970s. According to Jason Ankeny, Taylor "remains one of the most underrated acts ever to record under the Motown aegis." As a singer, American audiences know him best for his 1970 Billboard Top 5 "story song" about an Indiana murder fugitive that featured police sirens in the intro and an outro that included more sirens and a police officer warning the fugitive that he was surrounded and to give himself up. The single hit #1 in Taylor's native Canada. He is at least as well known in the UK for his hits "Gotta See Jane" and "There's a Ghost in My… more »

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