Leader of the Pack

The Shangri-Las

About Leader of the Pack

"Leader of the Pack" is a song written by George "Shadow" Morton, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich. It was a number one pop hit in 1964 for the American girl group The Shangri-Las. The single is one of the group's best known songs as well as a popular cultural example of a "teenage tragedy song". The song was covered in 1985 by the heavy metal band Twisted Sister who had a moderate hit with their version.


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Is she really going out with him? 
Well, there she is. Let's ask her. 
Betty, is that Jimmy's ring you're wearing? 
Mm-hmm 
Gee, it must be great riding with him 
Is he picking you up after school today? 
Uh-uh 
By the way, where'd you meet him? 

I met him at the candy store 
He turned around and smiled at me 
You get the picture? (yes, we see) 
That's when I fell for (the leader of the pack) 

My folks were always putting him down (down, down) 
They said he came from the wrong side of town 
(whatcha mean when ya say that he came from the wrong side of town?) 
They told me he was bad 
But I knew he was sad 
That's why I fell for (the leader of the pack) 

One day my dad said, "Find someone new" 
I had to tell my Jimmy we're through 
(whatcha mean when ya say that ya better go find somebody new?) 
He stood there and asked me why 
But all I could do was cry 
I'm sorry I hurt you (the leader of the pack) 

He sort of smiled and kissed me goodbye 
The tears were beginning to show 
As he drove away on that rainy night 
I begged him to go slow 
But whether he heard, I'll never know 

Look out! Look out! Look out! Look out! 
I felt so helpless, what could I do? 
Remembering all the things we'd been through 
In school they all stop and stare 
I can't hide the tears, but I don't care 
I'll never forget him (the leader of the pack) 

The leader of the pack, now he's gone 
The leader of the pack, now he's gone 
The leader of the pack, now he's gone 
The leader of the pack, now he's gone

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The Shangri-Las

The Shangri-Las were an American pop girl group of the 1960s. Between 1964 and 1966 they charted with often heartbreaking teen melodramas, and remain best known for "Leader of the Pack" and "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)". more »

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Written by: ELLIE GREENWICH, GEORGE MORTON, JEFF BARRY

Lyrics © CARLIN AMERICA INC

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