The Boy Next Door

Judy Garland

About The Boy Next Door

"The Boy Next Door" is a 1944 popular song by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. It was introduced in the musical film Meet Me in St. Louis, where it was performed by Judy Garland. In 1954 Vic Damone sang it in the first minutes of the film Athena. It has subsequently become a popular standard, performed by many artists. It is sometimes performed and recorded under the title "The Girl Next Door".


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The moment I saw him smile
I knew he was just my style
My only regret is we've never met
Though I dream of him all the while

But he doesn't know I exist
No matter how I may persist
So it's clear to see there's no hope for me
Though I live at fifty-one-thirty-five Kensington Avenue
And he lives at fifty-one-thirty-three

How can I ignore the boy next door
I love him more than I can say
Doesn't try to please me
Doesn't even tease me
And he never sees me glance his way

And though I'm heart-sore, the boy next door
Affection for me won't display
I just adore him
So I can't ignore him
The boy next door

I just adore him
So I can't ignore him
The boy next door

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Judy Garland

Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American actress, singer and vaudevillian. Described by Fred Astaire as "the greatest entertainer who ever lived" and renowned for her contralto voice, she attained international stardom throughout a career that spanned more than 40 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist and on the concert stage. Respected for her versatility, she received a Juvenile Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award as well as Grammy Awards and a Special Tony Award. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the remake of A Star is Born and for the Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1961 film Judgment at Nuremberg. She remains t… more »

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13 facts about this song

Published History
"The Boy Next Door" was published in 1944. This classic song has been in circulation for over seven decades.
Song Origin
The song is from the musical "Meet Me in St. Louis," which was turned into a successful film. In this, Judy Garland played a pivotal role as the lead into which the song was incorporated.
"The Boy Next Door" was written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. These songwriters penned numerous popular songs, many of which featured in major films.
Performance Notability
Judy Garland is most notable for her performance of this song. Known for her incredible, emotive voice, Garland brought the song to life with her interpretation.
Movie Significance
In "Meet Me in St. Louis," the song is used to express the character's longing for her neighbor, whom she has fallen in love with.
Grammy Hall of Fame
"The Boy Next Door" is one of the numbers that contributed to Judy Garland's posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
Cover Versions
Many artists, including Frank Sinatra and Stacey Kent, have covered "The Boy Next Door," showcasing the song's enduring popularity.
International Recognition
The song has been popular beyond America, with performances and recordings around the world. In particular, it gained significant attention in Europe and Asia.
Decades of Influence
"The Boy Next Door" continues to be influential to this day. Artists and musicians still refer to it for inspiration, cover it in their performances, and sample it in their new creations.
The Boy Next Door" Lyrics
The lyrics reflect innocent, wholesome feelings of longing and love--a common theme in many popular songs from the era in which it was written.
Role in Garland's Career
“The Boy Next Door” is considered one of Judy Garland's most iconic songs, alongside “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.
Popularity Over Time
Despite being over seven decades old, "The Boy Next Door" remains exceedingly popular, having been streamed millions of times on various music platforms worldwide.
Digital Availability
"The Boy Next Door" is easily accessible on numerous music platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube, testament to its timeless appeal.

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