Before he was a rock icon and the frontman of seminal power pop band Big Star, Alex Chilton had huge commercial success as the teen frontman of the Box Tops. He was 17-years-old when “The Letter” remained #1 on the Billboard Music Charts for four weeks.
A few years later, in 1972, Chilton wrote one of the prettiest rock songs about adolescence ever recorded.
Won’t you let me walk you home from school
Won’t you let me meet you at the pool
Maybe Friday I can
get tickets for the dance
and I’ll take you
Won’t you tell your dad, “Get off my back”
Tell him what we said ’bout ‘Paint It Black’
Rock ‘n Roll is here to stay
Come inside where it’s okay
And I’ll shake you.
Won’t you tell me what you’re thinking of
Would you be an outlaw for my love
If it’s so, well, let me know
If it’s “no”, well, I can go
I won’t make you.
Thanks to Carl Williamson and Olivia Laing for the tip!