EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Puppet on a String’ – Sandie Shaw

What was the number one song in the UK on 27th April 1967?

Sandie is back again and this time with Puppet on a String, which stayed at the top for 3 weeks.

Puppet On A String is the British entry for the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest held in Vienna and it won hands down. It also was the third number one for Sandie (a feat never achieved before by a woman in the British charts) and it sold over 4 million records worldwide making it the biggest selling Eurovision single to date and one of the biggest selling songs by a British female artist of all time. However, here’s the thing, Sandie Shaw hated it. In her own words, “I hated it from the very first oompah to the final bang on the big bass drum. I was instinctively repelled by its sexist drivel and cuckoo-clock tune.” Sandie mate, you do not mess with your words. And she has a point: “If you say you love me madly, I’ll gladly, be there, Like a puppet on a string” and “there is never a doubt, Just who’s pulling the strings, I’m all tied up to you” It is indeed all sexist drivel and something that hadn’t even occurred to me before. The tune itself is unique and mainly fun, but I can empathise with Sandie’s lack of love for it.

Lyrics

I wonder if one day that,
You’ll say that, you care
If you say you love me madly,
I’ll gladly, be there
Like a puppet on a string

Love is just like a merry-go-round
With all the fun of the fair
One day I’m feeling down on the ground
Then I’m up in the air
Are you leading me on?
Tomorrow will you be gone?

I wonder if one day that,
You’ll say that, you care
If you love me madly,
I’ll gladly, be there
Like a puppet on a string

I may win on the roundabout
Then I’ll lose on the swings
In or out, there is never a doubt
Just who’s pulling the strings
I’m all tied up to you
But where’s it leading me to?

I wonder if one day that,
You’ll say that, you care
If you say you love me madly,
I’ll gladly, be there
Like a puppet on a string

I wonder if one day that,
You’ll say that, you care
If you say you love me madly,
I’ll gladly, be there
Like a puppet on a string

Like a puppet on a, string

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