Lies

The Knickerbockers

About Lies

"Lies" is a song written by Beau Charles and Buddy Randell and performed by The Knickerbockers. It reached #20 on the U. S. pop chart in 1965. It was featured on their 1966 album Lies. It is famous for often being mistaken for a Beatles track due to its similarities to their style and harmonies. The single was produced by Jerry Fuller. Here is what original Knickerbockers member Beau Charles said on the song recalling the behind the scenes story behind it: "We desperately tried to write something that sounded like the British Invasion'. We wrote 'Lies' in less than one half hour. We demo-ed it in New York." After a Jerry Fuller inspired re-arrangement, the track was recorded at Sunset Sound in West Hollywood with Bruce Botnick as the Engineer. Things were not quite right, so the multi-track master was taken to Leon Russell's house in Hollywood Hills. Jerry Fuller knew Leon and "Leon had this great little studio - just a four track". The band recorded the vocals there and overdubbed a new guitar part that was recorded from a beat up old Fender guitar amp that gave the guitar sound a meaty, edgy feel". 


Year:
1995
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Lies, lies, you're tellin' me that you'll be true
Lies, lies
That's all I ever get from you
Tears, tears
I shed a million tears for you
Tears, tears
And now you're lovin' someone new
Someday I'm gonna be happy
But I don't know when just now
Lies,  lies
A-breakin' my heart

You think that you're such a smart girl
And I'll believe what you say
But who do you think you are, girl
To lead me on this way hey
Lies, lies
I can't believe a word you say
Lies, lies
Are gonna make you sad someday
Some day you're gonna be lonely
But you won't find me around
Lies, lies
A-breakin' my heart, ah

Someday I'm gonna be happy
But I don't know when just now
Lies, lies
A-breakin' my heart
You think that you're such a smart girl
And I'll believe what you say
But who do you think you are, girl
To lead me on this way hey
Lies (ah), lies (yeah baby)

I can't believe a word you say
Lies, lies
Are gonna make you sad someday
Some day you're gonna be lonely
But you won't find me around
Lies, lies
A-breakin' my heart
I said, baby, now (breakin' my heart)

Oh, yeah, you're still breakin' my heart (breakin' my heart)

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The Knickerbockers

The Knickerbockers were an American pop/rock music group, best remembered for their 1965 Beatles sound alike hit single, "Lies." more »

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Written by: JAMES ANDERSON (ANDY) BYRD, JAMES EUGENE ROBINSON, DUANE (BJORKLUND) STEELE

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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12 facts about this song

Song Release
"Lies" was released by The Knickerbockers in 1965. This track is regarded as their most noteworthy song.
Chart Performance
The song reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1966.
Musical Style
"Lies" is famous for its Beatles-like sound, so much so that it was often mistaken for a Beatles song.
Inspiration
It's speculated that "Lies" was created as an intentional attempt to sound like The Beatles, specifically their hard-rocking numbers such as "I'm Down."
Band Members
The song was performed by the band's original lineup, consisting of Beau Charles (guitar and vocals), John Charles (bass and vocals), Buddy Randell (sax and lead vocals), and Jimmy Walker (drums).
Songwriting
"Lies" was written by Buddy Randell and Beau Charles. Their songwriting partnership was a crucial element of The Knickerbockers' sound.
Record Label
"Lies" was released on the Challenge Records label.
Influence
After the success of "Lies", the band was often referred to as a Beatles clone, even though their other songs covered a broad range of musical styles beyond the Beatles' early sound.
Album
"Lies" was included on The Knickerbockers' album, also titled "Lies", making it the title track.
Pop Culture
The song has been covered by various artists over the years and made an appearance in several TV shows and movies, such as the popular Netflix series, "Stranger Things."
Controversy
Despite their success with "Lies", The Knickerbockers never had another hit, leading some to label them as one-hit wonders.
Legacy
Despite the band's short-lived fame, "Lies" is widely considered a classic song in the garage rock genre.

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